The 2013 Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference was held last week in Noosa on the 18th and 19th November. It concluded with a series of additional forums and workshops on the Wednesday where delegates took a ‘hands on’ approach to the issues.

 This year’s Global Eco Conference focused on the megatrends that will impact the tourism industry over the next 20 years. Six of the seven CSIRO’s megatrends were covered: Orient Express; A Natural Advantage; Great Expectations; Bolts from the Blue; Digital Whispers; and On the Move.

For more information about the megatrends visit http://www.globaleco.com.au/conference-theme.php.

The conference’s purposes were to equip destinations, organisations and operators with a practical plan to take away from the conference that guides their organisation in its response to Asian Pacific megatrends. It provides delegates with a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities these megatrends will bring and demonstrates how the World’s leading operators are already responding to these megatrends – through innovative products, services and distribution techniques.

“We have received excellent feedback from delegates and the quality of speakers was, again this year, outstanding”, said Rod Hillman, Chief Executive of Ecotourism Australia.

Conf mix

Keynote speakers included Costas Christ, Editor at Large at National Geographic Traveller; Sam Friend, Former General Manager and CFO at Wotif.com; Keith Sproule, Tourism Advisor at WWF-Namibia; and Mariglo Laririt, Director of Sustainability at El Nido Resorts, Philippines. Over 20 speakers presented their insights over the two days, with the last day dedicated to the forums and workshops covering Strategic Partnerships; Indigenous Cultural Tourism; Marketing in the 21st Century; Tourism in Protected Areas; Operators’ Marketplace; and Geotourism.

“We would like to thank everyone who participated over the three days and in particular to the conference partners and sponsors”, said Mr Hillman. This year, the conference was supported by: Queensland Government, Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Noosa, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the University of Queensland, Eumundi Markets, Noosa Biosphere, Wet Tropics Management Authority, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, National Indigenous Times, the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia and Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa.

The Excellence and Innovation Awards were announced at the Gala Dinner on Monday 18 November. More information about the awards is available at https://eco-bytes.com/2013/11/19/2013-ecotourism-australia-awards-announced/.

ENDS: For further information contact:

Rod Hillman, Chief Executive, M: 0427 279 414 or 0732 521 530

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