University Of Western Australia Introduces Master Of Ecotourism For 2015

The University of Western Australia will be introducing a new course in 2015, Master of Ecotourism.

The new degree will cover coursework in the areas of:

  • The theory and practice of ecotourism
  • Understanding biodiversity and landscapes
  • Cultural heritage and Indigenous knowledge
  • Interpretation and science communication
  • Environmental law, policy and planning

The standard time-frame for completion is two years full-time. Intake periods are February and July each year. Currently the course is only available for internal students through UWA’s Albany campus.

View the full brochure here: Master-of-Ecotourism-brochure.pdf

Visit the website here.

Media Release: Global Eco At World Parks Congress In 2014

Ecotourism Australia’s 22nd Global Eco Conference will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park on 12 November 2014, the first day of the World Parks Congress (WPC).

Global Eco will take on a new trimmed down format this year in recognition of the significant sharing of agendas with the WPC. The one-day Global Eco Forum will focus on the theme Tourism in Protected Areas.

Ecotourism Australia has partnered with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Tourism Australia, University of Queensland, and UNESCO (international Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage) to stage the event. The Tourism in Australia’s Protected Areas Forum (TAPAF) has also partnered with EA and will take an active part in developing the program.

World Park Congresses (WPC) are held just once every ten years. The involvement of Ecotourism Australia at the Sydney WPC stems back to EA’s active involvement in the 2003 Congress in Durban, South Africa.

“Tourism is a vital contributor to protected areas worldwide. It provides an economic base for communities and builds the economic value of protected areas, contributing to their conservation” said Mr Rod Hillman CEO.

“We anticipate a very strong delegate representation from both Australia and overseas. It will be an opportunity to hear from global leaders who are managing issues such as tourism in World Heritage Areas, partnerships, licensing and revenue generation, certification and quality.”

The Global Eco Forum will commence at 8.30am and conclude at 4pm providing delegates with ample time to move to the WPC opening ceremony at 5pm.

More details will be released soon on the Global Eco website


More information – Rod Hillman CEO 0427 279 414

Rally for the Reef

This Sunday, groups of supporters will rally together to fight for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. The rally, to take place in the Brisbane CBD, is expected to see thousands of community members band together to call on political leaders to protect the Reef from widespread, rapid industrial development. The proposed industrial development will see extensive port expansions, dredging and the introduction of new shipping routes that may threaten the already fragile reef ecosystem.

Anyone interested in showing their support or attending Rally for the Reef can register by visiting the rally4reef website.

When: 11am. Sunday 25 August 2013
Where: Queens Park, Corner of Elizabeth and George, Brisbane
Speakers: Best Job in the World winner Ben Southall, community members and tourism operators impacted by the industrialisation.

To follow the campaign on Facebook, click here.

Savannah Guides School to take place 12-15 October

A heads up to our interested members that Savannah Guides is holding their next Guides School on 12-15 October in Alice Springs with a focus on “Celebrating Australia’s Red Centre”.

Savannah Guides is a non-profit member based network of professional tour guides and operators that works with its partners to train “protectors and interpreters of the Outback”. This is a great opportunity for those wanting to expand their knowledge, increase their network, and develop their skills and careers as a tour guide in Australia.

For more information on the School or to access a registration form, please download the following form: Info and Rego Form Alice Springs V1

Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival 2013

The annual Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival will be held in Exmouth on 24-26 May 2013.

The event will start with a cocktail party on the Friday evening. Festivities will continueTown Beach Sunday afternoon on Saturday at Koobooroo Oval with a fun run, breakfast, activities throughout the day and entertainment will continue into the evening. Sunday is Family Day at Town Beach with plenty of beach games and night time entertainment. Fire juggling, aerial displays and circus shows are all part of the festival program.

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Clean Up Australia Day – every hand counts!

Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way you can take action to clean up, fix up and conserve our prized Australian environment.

In 2012 an estimated 591,400 volunteers cleaned up 16,169 tonnes at 7,363 sites right across Australia. But we can do better! So be a good sport and join the team to Clean Up Australia on Sunday, 3 March 2013

CEcotourism Australia’s staff will be doing their bit on the day and look forward to seeing many more hands out there too!

Get involved by registering your own Clean Up Site or by volunteering at a site near you.

Key dates for Clean Up Australia Day 2013:

Community Clean Up Day: Sunday 3rd March 2013

Schools Clean Up Day: Friday 1st March 2013

Business Clean Up Day: Tuesday 26th February 2013

For more information, please visit the official Clean Up Australia Day website.

Great Barrier Reef Experience Development Forums, QLD – 7th and 14th November 2012

This is an Australian Government funded initiative under T-QUAL Grants.  In partnership with the Department of Resources and Energy and Tourism, Tourism Australia, Parks Australia and the three National Landscapes of Queensland, Tourism Queensland will help operators on the Great Barrier Reef, in the Wet Tropics and in Australia’s Green Cauldron to embrace new trends in experience development.

Travellers around the world are looking for meaningful experiences that connect them to special places, people and cultures. While the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most aspirational holiday destinations, feedback from visitors suggests we could do more to truly excite, engage and inspire.

Great Barrier Reef tourism operators have been confronted with increasing competition from cheaper reef destinations, declining visitor numbers, underwhelmed visitors spreading negative word of mouth and negative global press.

Experience Development Forums to help tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef develop signature experiences will be held in the coming weeks. They give opportunity for participants to:

  • Explore the strategic insights, research findings and current worldwide trends in experience development
  • Gain practical tools and advice on how to shift from selling a product to giving visitors a memorable experience
  • Discover benefits of this shift for your business – increased yield, market share and greater advocacy from visitors
  • Be competitive on the global stage and tackle declining visitor numbers

Attendees will walk away with practical tools and ideas to create world class memorable experiences in their business.  A number of these ‘ideas’ from the forums will receive support and mentoring over six months to help bring that idea to reality.

Discussion forums will be held and online resources will be available to businesses located in each of Queensland’s National Landscapes.

Join the Experience Development Forums in your region:

  • 7 November 2012, Tourism Queensland Head Office – Southern GBR Session
  • 14 November 2012, Peppers Coral Coast Resort – Whitsundays & Mackay Session
  • Early December 2012 (TBA) – Tropical North Queensland Session

To learn more and register to the forums, please follow the link.