EA’s New Green Travel Guide Launched!

Ecotourism Australia has been busy preparing ATE and especially the launch of our new Green Travel Guide!

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With over 450 tourism operators offering exciting and quality ecotourism experiences, the Green Travel Guide is the essential travel tool to plan an unforgettable environmentally friendly holiday.

Diving, kayaking, rock-climbing and horse riding are on the long list of amazing activities allowing to experience the best Australia has to offer.

The digital edition of the Green Travel Guide was officially launched at ATE in Sydney last Saturday and will be accessible online in the next coming weeks! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates!

We say G’Day to China in 2014

This April the Australian government has begun a new campaign to promote Australian tourism, trade and investment in the Chinese market. The ‘Australia Week in China will be held in Shanghai, China’s commercial and financial capital. A campaign which will ride on the success created due to the G’Day USA program which marks 10 years in 2013.

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard said the week would feature a range of events and activities including a campaign to attract more Chinese tourism to Australia, cultural activities showcasing contemporary performing and visual arts, a gala dinner in Shanghai and investment activities including targeted meetings with potential Chinese investors.
“It will be held in the second half of 2014 to coincide with Tourism Australia’s Greater China Travel Mission, which attracts more than 120 Australian tourism operators,” Ms Gillard said.

She said China is now Australia’s biggest trading partner and most valuable inbound tourism market, with a record 625,000 Chinese visiting Australia during 2012, up 16 per cent on the previous year.

“It will support Australian exports and attract foreign investment, including in the tourism, innovation, clean energy and infrastructure sectors.”

Investment in these sectors is hopefully a positive move for Ecotourism Australia certified operators as reports on the Chinese ecotourism market indicate Australia being the top destination for ecotourism experiences.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard with China’s President Xi Jinping

Advanced Ecotourism & ROC Certification for Ingan Tours

Ingan Tours have achieved Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certification.

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Ingan Tours is an Australian company that is 100% Aboriginal owned by the Grant family in Tully, North Queensland allowing visitors to experience the unique and authentic cultures of the Rainforest Aboriginal People.

They offer tours and educational programs providing an insight to how life was for the Indigenous community before contact from the outside world. Offering a range of quality cultural products from hiking, weaving, bush tucker, string making, mountain trekking to student educational tours which journey you through some of the tropical north’s breath taking views of World Heritage Protected Rainforest.

For more information about Ingan Tours, visit their website.

For more information about Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certification, visit our website.

Cradle Huts Become Advanced Ecotourism certified

Well done to Cradle Huts for their Advanced Ecotourism certification!

imagesCradle Huts allow visitors to discover the rare beauty and extraordinary diversity of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. Over 6 days walk the iconic Overland Track following in their guides’ highly experienced footsteps.

In the evening unwind and relax in the comfort of the only private accommodation along the trail. Enjoy a hot shower, sumptuous meals, freshly baked bread, a glass or two of Tasmanian wine and a comfortable bed. Cradle Huts take sustainable travel seriously and strive to incorporate sustainable travel practices into all aspects of their business.

For more information about Cradle Huts, visit their website.

For more information about Advanced Ecotourism certification, visit our website.

Oakvale Farm & Fauna World Achieves Nature Tourism Certification

Nature Tourism CertifiedCongratulations to Oakvale Farm & Fauna World which has recently achieved Nature Tourism certification.

Oakvale Farm & Fauna World provides an educational experience for local and international visitors to experience koalas in a naturalistic but controlled habitat, safe from predators, extreme weather conditions and ever threatening habitat loss.

Constructed of largely recycled materials and/or plantation grown timbers and incorporating natural light in its design, eliminating the need for lighting and power.

For more information about Oakvale Farm & Fauna World visit their website.

For more information about Nature Tourism certification, visit our website.

New Overnight Adventure Opens at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

A new overnight adventure, Billabong Camp, was officially opened at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on 11 April 2013.

Billabong Camp consists of 25 permanent camp sites located around a picturesque billabong in the Zoo’s Australian wildlife area. This immersive bush camping experience brings visitors close to a variety of Australian and Asian animals.

“Billabong Camp guests can spend the night in canvas tents under the stars. They’ll experience close encounters with Australian wildlife and behind the scenes walking tours through the Zoo to see Asian wildlife,” said Zoo General Manager, Matthew Fuller.

Billabong Camp compliments the Zoo’s current premium overnight experience, Zoofari Lodge, and has welcome its first guests on Saturday 13 April, 2013.

For more information about the new Billabong Camp or Taronga Western Plains Zoo visit their website.

Tourism key industry in Tasmania

Tasmania is the most tourism-dependent state in Australia, a national study of tourism employment shows.

The industry represents more than 15,000 direct jobs in Tasmania, .

The National Tourism Business Count and Employment Atlas, which has just been released, breaks down jobs by electorate and shows the importance of tourism in each area.

“Tourism accounts for between 6.6 and 7.9 per cent of total direct employment in the five Tasmanian electorates, making Tasmania the most tourism-dependent state in Australia,” Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) Chief Executive Mr Zimmerman said.

“These figures demonstrate the importance of the visitor economy to every region of Tasmania and means that tourism must be high on the agenda of all political parties as we head towards the September federal election.”

This definitely confirms that conservation and the protection of Tasmanian destinations can only be beneficial to local communities and the economy.

To find Ecotourism Australia certified experiences visit our website.

If you are interested in reading the report, click here.