Moreton Island Clean Up – 10 November 2012

Join P7 Offroad on Moreton Island for a concerted, targeted clean up effort. Participants will be split into teams and allocated areas of the Island’s Beaches (East and West) in order to remove as much Marine Debris as possible, and to take it out of the system.

The Micat have kindly offered a reduced barge fare of $100 for participants – more details on how to book will be sent to those who register.

P7 Offroad will organise Insurance, and Rubbish Bags. Participants should wear sunsafe, practical clothing and bring sturdy gloves and water. There will be a thank you BBQ at Bulwer after the event and participants will then be welcome to enjoy the Island for the rest of the weekend.

To get additional information and register, please follow the link.

P7 Offroad is Advanced Ecotourism Certified.

Save Moreton Bay and ban the bag – 20 November 2012

Help us Save Moreton Bay and ban the bag!

Queensland Conservation needs your help to Save Moreton Bay! We’re bringing together Brisbane’s Bayside community and business leaders to explore banning plastic bags, and what it would mean for their communities.

Guest speakers include:

  • Ian Kiernan AO, Founder Clean Up Australia
  • Dene Rogers, Managing Director, Target Australia Pty Ltd
  • Gary Black, Executive Director, National Retail Association
  • John Phillips OAM, Executive Director, KESAB (Keep South Australia Beautiful)

Plastic is responsible for killing 1 million sea birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals each year. We’re passionate about working on solutions to help communities be plastic free.

Please join the conversation at this special luncheon event.  It takes place on Tuesday 20 November, Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, Manly from 12.15 pm. Tickets are $55 excl GST.

For more information and bookings, please visit their website or call 3846 7833.

Date Claimer for Tourism Indigenous Employment Forum in Brisbane, 20 November 2012

In conjunction with Indigenous Employment Champions the Tourism Indigenous Employment Forum will be held in Brisbane Tuesday 20 November 2012 in Brisbane.

This is an ideal forum for tourism operators who are currently engaging in, or are  interested in Indigenous employment and for agencies who work with employers.  The program will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear successful case studies and discuss recruitment and retention strategies with operators currently working in this area.
Attendees will be encouraged to participate in open discussions on breaking down the existing barriers and actions for moving forward and increasing Indigenous employment in the mainstream and Indigenous identified tourism industry in Queensland.
Please contact Joyce-Anne Pinel, QTIC Indigenous Champions Network Project Officer on 07 3236 1445 or email champions@qtic.com.au.

Opera in the Outback Not To Be Missed

Located on the eastern edge of the ruggedly beautiful Gulf Savannah region of northern Australia, the multi-award winning Undara Experience captures the essence of the real Australian Outback. It’s a place where you can explore natural geological wonders, enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a unique outback setting and where the local wildlife are as abundant as they are at home in their surroundings.

There are several upcoming events to be held at Undara Experience until the end of 2013. Tickets are still available for this year’s Opera in the Outback event. There will be the World premiere of “An Operatic History of Undara” commemorating 150 years of continuous settlement of the Collins family in North Queensland.

To book accommodation, please call 1800 990 992 or e-mail res@undara.com.au

Additional information is provided on the website of Undara Experience.

Habitat HQ Wins The CitiPower Port Phillip Business Excellence Award!

Congratulations to Habitat HQ for securing the Tourism Award in the prestigious 2012 CitiPower Port Phillip Business Excellence Awards celebrating and inspiring the innovative spirit of business across Port Philip.

Director, Peter Beaconsfield accepted the award on behalf of the Habitat HQ team, who were elated with the result. “You can’t have a winning business without a winning team” Peter stated. “In a 24 hour, 7 day a week operation, business excellence cannot be achieved without a committed team who are passionate about what they do.”

The category submissions were judged in the areas of customer service excellence, local business development, innovative marketing and sustainable business initiatives.

“Habitat HQ aims to be recognised worldwide as the backpacker destination of choice when in Australia, building memories and enriching lives. Together with our local business partners, we actively promote St Kilda, priding ourselves on keeping our offerings innovative and uniquely showcasing our great location. This award acknowledges the commitment Habitat HQ has in providing exceptional tourism experiences to our international guests”, comments Karyn Harte, Business Development and Marketing Manager.

Habitat HQ is a 4.5 star backpacker hostel and budget traveller accommodation property located in beachside St Kilda. The warm friendly staff and grassroots culture creates a relaxed environment making all guests feel right at home. Accommodation options range from 4, 6, 8 and 10 bed dormitories to private motel style rooms with ensuites.

The 2012 CitiPower Port Phillip Business Excellence Awards program attracted a record amount of 303 nominations across nine categories, from which 38 finalists and 10 winners were chosen. Habitat HQ is in the company of fine ambassadors that demonstrate the business vitality and the vibrancy that the City of Port Phillip is famous for.

Habitat HQ has Climate Action Innovator Certification through Ecotourism Australia.

For more information about Habitat HQ, visit their website.

Savannah Guides School: Nitmiluk National Park 1st- 4th November 2012

“Working Together – Savannah Guides Partnerships”

Savannah Guides have organised a Savannah Guides School, based at Nitmiluk National Park, 29 km from Katherine. This four-day workshop will focus on how Savannah Guides works with its partners to train “Protectors and Interpreters of the Outback”. The workshop will also include field trips to explore the magnificent Katherine Gorge.

Training is an important function of Savannah Guides and aims for members to achieve and maintain a high level of competence in knowledge and interpretation that is generally consistent throughout the network.

At the schools, guides gather with like-minded contributors from government, academic, conservation and tourism sectors. Schools are structured to focus on increasing knowledge and professionalism through shared experiences and formal learning.The schools are essential to the health and ongoing success of the organization.

Two Savannah Guides Schools are held each year at varying locations across the Savannahs, featuring experts in fields such as ecology, geology, land management and tourism.

To read more about Savannah Guides program overview, information and registration, please follow the link.

Can Ecotourism Conserve the World’s National Parks?

Tourism is often seen as a double-edged sword, with visitors flocking into fragile areas. A new study explains how revenue from ecotourism could fund conservation.

National parks are huge draws for travellers, many of whom seek remote or off-the- beaten-track experiences in pristine environments. Academics have developed a mathematical model to work out the trade-off between paid tourism activities and the conservation of wildlife.

As part of the study in an Austrian national park, three factors were measured concerning a rare bird population. Visitor numbers were limited, habitats conserved and buffer zones expanded. The study found that where conservation takes priority over tourism with visitor numbers reduced, higher quality tourism occurs with fewer visitors willing to pay more for an improved experience.

A popular place where this is already in place is gorilla watching in Uganda or Rwanda – in both countries during high season gorilla-trekking permits cost $500, with only an hour in the jungle.

So the question is: would you be happy to pay more for a more exclusive experience?

Tony Charters is Convener of the Global Eco Asia Pacific Tourism Conference. He says: “There is no question that ecotourism can contribute to conservation, we just need to bring sophistication into our management. They are complementary activities not mutually exclusive.”

He adds: “A fourth management tool is the application of high quality and sensitive infrastructure or technology to minimise environmental damage and facilitate visitation. In developing economies, technology and expensive infrastructure can often be substituted with an increased presence of trained rangers and guides.”