MEDIA RELEASE: BANUBANU WILDERNESS RETREAT JOINS ECO LODGES OF AUSTRALIA

Banubanu Wilderness Retreat in the Northern Territory has joined the marketing consortium of Eco Lodges of Australia.

“We are thrilled that Banubanu Wilderness Retreat has joined the existing 18 members of ECO lodges of Australia” said Kym Cheatham, CEO, Ecotourism Australia.

“Banubanu Wilderness Retreat is very environmentally friendly and every effort is made to reduce their ecological footprint. The retreat is run on solar and wind power, the water supply is caught rain water that provides water all year round with water wise usage in play at all times throughout the year” Ms Cheatham said.

“Banubanu Wilderness Retreat is also committed to the Land and Traditional Owners and their agreements with the area’s traditional owners for use of part of their homelands are unique and of mutual benefit.”

Launched in October 2010, Eco Lodges of Australia is a marketing consortium of Advanced Ecotourism certified accommodation providers in Australia, managed by Ecotourism Australia.

“More and more travellers are looking to make responsible choices in the places they choose to stay and we have a responsibility to help them identify the most environmentally friendly accommodation options.” Ms Cheatham said.

A Tourism Research Australia report released last year found that 82% of International Visitors and 62% of Australian travellers would consider eco accommodation.[i]

For more information visit: http://www.ecolodgesaustralia.com.au

Members of ECO lodges of Australia are:

  1. Banubanu Wilderness Retreat, Top End, Northern Territory
  2. Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge Kimberley, North West Australia
  3. Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge Kimberley, North West Australia
  4. Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris Top End, Northern Territory
  5. Corinna Wilderness Experience North West, Tasmania
  6. Freycinet Eco Retreat East Coast, Tasmania
  7. Great Ocean Ecolodge Great Ocean Road, Victoria
  8. Jabiru Safari Lodge, Mareeba, Tropical North Queensland
  9. Karijini Eco Retreat Pilbara, Western Australia
  10. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
  11. Lane Cove Tourist Park, Sydney, New South Wales
  12. Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge Kimberley, North West Australia
  13. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, South Coast, New South Wales
  14. Rawnsley Park Eco-Villas, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
  15. Roar & Snore Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales
  16. Silky Oaks Lodge Daintree, Tropical North Queensland
  17. Thala Beach Lodge Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland
  18. Yelverton Brook Eco-Spa Retreat and Conservation Sanctuary, Margaret River, Western Australia
  19. Zoofari Lodge Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, New South Wales

[1] Destination Visitor Survey: Strategic Regional Research – Western Australia. Eco accommodation product development research: Summary of results, Tourism Research Australia, Canberra.

About

Eco Lodges of Australia offers the ECO conscious traveller responsible, ethical and sustainable ECO experiences in Australia’s most amazing natural locations.

Members of Eco Lodges of Australia have all achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification through Ecotourism Australia’s world recognised ECO Certification scheme

For more information contact:

Kym Cheatham, Chief Executive Officer, Ecotourism Australia E: ceo@ecotourism.org.au, M: 0427 279 414 http://www.ecotourism.org.au

ABN 92 909 103 274

About Ecotourism Australia:

The Ecotourism Australia vision: “To be leaders in assisting ecotourism and other committed tourism operations to become environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and socially and culturally responsible”.

Ecotourism Australia’s ECO certification program was a world first. The certification provides independent monitoring and auditing of organisations’ ecotourism claims and provides an assurance of best practice ecological sustainability, natural area management and quality ecotourism experiences.

More than 1400 tourism experiences across Australia are certified through at least one of Ecotourism Australia’s programs.

For more information about:

Eco Lodges of Australia please visit: http://www.ecolodgesaustralia.com.au

Ecotourism Australia, please visit http://www.ecotourism.org.au


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