A good start to the T-QUAL Tick race

Monday 25th March 2013 marked the start of T-QUAL’s latest promotional campaign!

DDBTA0005_TQUAL_Logo_OutlinedWorld renowned Chef and T-QUAL ambassador, Matt Moran, kicked off the world’s first blogger race around Australia. A campaign that will see the bloggers racing around Australia to visit some of the country’s quality tourism experiences.

During the eight day race, the bloggers from Mummy Smiles (Natalie Birt), YTravel (Caz Makepeace) and A Beach Cottage (Sarah) will put their skills to the test whilst experiencing tourism products endorsed by the Australian Government’s national symbol of tourism quality – the T-QUAL Tick.

Three Ecotourism Australia have been selected to participate. Life’s an Adventure and Riverlife have already featured in the campaign and Venture North was one of today’s destinations.

For further information on T-QUAL Accreditation visit the website.

All our Ecotourism Australia ECO and ROC certified operators are entitled to get the T-QUAL Tick.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates about our participating operators!

You can also follow all the T-QUAL Tick Race blog posts:

ATE 2013

The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) will take place in from 26 to 30 April 2013. Ecotourism Australia CEO Rod Hillman will be present as well as a large number of Ecotourism Australia certified tourism operators.

ATE is a tourism trade show that brings Australian tourism businesses together with airlines, tourism wholesalers and retailers from around the world. It provides a forum for Australian tourism Sellers to showcase their products, meet with overseas contacts and negotiate deals. It also provides international travel Buyers an opportunity to experience Australia first-hand.

International Buyers are selected by Tourism Australia to ensure the most influential people meet with Australian tourism businesses. ATE is open to Australian travel exhibitors only and represents a unique opportunity for attendees to increase their share of the inbound travel market.

Congratulations to Certified Operators Awarded TIRF Grants

Minister has announced the first round of successful grant applicants for Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF).

Congratulations to our certified operators who have been awarded financial grants to develop new and innovative sustainable tourism experiences across Australia.  Competition was high with only 63 grants awarded out of 763 applications.

The following operators will receive a share of $13.1 million as contribution towards new and upgraded accommodation, developing new attractions, experiences and facilities:

We look forward to working with operators develop their plans and deliver exciting, new sustainable visitor experiences. The full list of successful applicants is available here.

Tourism to Help Destinations to Recover from Natural Disasters

After a quite eventful summer and an accumulation of bush fires, storms and floods, Australia is still on the road to recovery.

Many of Ecotourism Australia’s certified operators are located in the affected areas and have unfortunately suffered from these natural disasters.

We came across an article published on TIES (The International Ecotourism Society) website about the relief tourism can provide to these places and thought it would be a good opportunity to remind visitors that destinations should not be avoided because they have been affected by a natural disaster. As soon as the area is declared safe and able to accommodate and receive tourists, the sight of upcoming visitors can only have a positive outcome.

The article discussed the financial benefits tourism can offer to the affected areas to help with reconstruction, local communities and the restoration of the natural area to its original state. Another hidden benefit is lifting up the mood and encouraging locals to overcome the effects caused by the disaster and move on. A good way to help a little bit while being on holiday…

To read the full article click here.

For more information about Ecotourism Australia‘s certified operators, visit our website.

Jetstar gets aboard Wilderness World Heritage tourism in Tasmania

Regional tourism is set to benefit from a significant marketing campaign with Jetstar to mark the 30th anniversary of the initial inscription of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The campaign was announced by Jetstar CEO Australia, New Zealand David Hall and the Minister for Tourism Scott Bacon. As part of the campaign, Jetstar will provide potential visitors with Wilderness World Heritage Area itineraries to help them plan their visit to the State.

Through direct marketing, social, print and digital media, visitors will be linked through to the Jetstar Tasmania microsite that features World Heritage Wilderness itineraries to assist visitors in their planning.


“With our World Heritage Wilderness spanning about a fifth of the island, from the south west tip, across the west and up to Cradle Mountain, this campaign will support regional tourism activity and showcase the very best aspects of our natural landscape,” Mr Bacon said.

Added to the World Heritage List in 1982, the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area covers over 1.4 million hectares (or about 3.46 million acres) and represents about 1/5 of the area of the island state of Tasmania. It protects vast tracts of high quality wilderness, which harbours a wealth of outstanding natural and cultural heritage.

Broger’s End achieve Ecotourism Certification

Ecotourism Certified

Congratulations to Broger’s End for achieving Ecotourism Certification.

Broger’s End is an old dairy farm located on 100 acres of beautiful land in Upper Kangaroo Valley. The milking shed  has been lovingly restored with a clever use of recycled and reclaimed building materials, to create an environmentally friendly retreat and haven. Incorporating a cozy living and dining area with a slow-combustion wood-stove and a modern bathroom with luxury spa bath and separate shower. Opening into a private garden with outdoor bath for relaxing with a drink under the stars.


Further features include a pergola, BBQ area and gardens. A large shed has a hall for workshops, parties, concerts or other gatherings as well as an enclosed bay with four bedrooms. Outdoor entertaining areas and gardens surround. While there are walking tracks along the river, through the bush and up the escarpment with an amazing variety of views.

For more information on Broger’s End, visit their website.

For more information about Ecotourism Certification, visit our website.

Share your Success Stories at National Tourism and Events Conference

The 2013 National Tourism and Events Excellence (TEE) Conference invites you to share your success stories and latest project initiatives in this year’s conference program. The conference will be held 22-23 July 2013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Being a presenter is a great way to maximise your conference experience and actively contribute to discussions and conversations on key issues affecting Australia’s tourism and events sector.

The National TEE Conference reports on emerging trends, latest marketing tool and techniques, international market updates and features debates, discussion panels and social networking events. The Conference will actively canvass policy standpoints for the upcoming Federal election.

Further information: www.teeconference.com