Global Eco Heads West in 2015

The 23rd Annual Global Eco Conference will be staged on Rottnest Island, Western Australia 17 – 19 November 2015.

Announcing the Rottnest Island venue, Ecotourism Australia CEO, Rod Hillman said the sustainability initiatives on the Island and Western Australia’s leading work in marine ecotourism would make for an excellent location for Global Eco.

The conference was last held on Rottnest Island in 2001 in the wake of September 11 and the collapse of Ansett Airlines. “Delegate numbers were down but it was was the most amazing conference. Delegates used unconventional meeting rooms (like the picture theatre with its canvas chairs); were issues with push bikes, and did a circumnavigation of the Island,” said Global Eco Convenor Tony Charters.

The conference is being supported through the generous assistance of Tourism Western Australia, the Rottnest Island Authority and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Registrations for the conference are NOW OPEN.

Please visit the Global Eco website for further information.

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19th November 2013


Last night Ecotourism Australia announced their 2013 Excellence and Innovation Award winners during the annual Gala dinner at the Global ECO Conference in Noosa, QLD.

“The Excellence and Innovation Awards are about recognising the best of Ecotourism Australia ecotourism operators. Three awards were on offer this year: Innovation in Ecotourism, Excellence in Indigenous Tourism and Lifetime Achievement Medal”, said Rod Hillman, CEO of Ecotourism Australia.

“Like every year we have received a great number of high standard submissions which made it a tough choice for the judges panel”, Mr. Hillman said.


This year’s winners are:

Innovation in Ecotourism Award

Winner: Passions of Paradise –

Highly Commended: Earthy Sanctuary and Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks

Excellence in Indigenous Tourism AwardImage

Winner: Northern Territory Indigenous Tours –

Highly Commended: Sea Darwin


Lifetime Achievement Medal:

Winner: The O’Reilly Family –

The Excellence in Indigenous Tourism Award was proudly sponsored by the Indigenous Tourism Champions Program which is a collaborative national program instigated by Tourism Australia and Indigenous Business Australia. The program looks to build a reputation of reliability and consistent quality in service delivery.

“We would like to congratulate the winners once again on this great achievement and for continuing to operate with best practice principles. These tourism operators are an example of ecotourism at its finest”, Mr. Hillman added.


For further information contact:

Rod Hillman, Chief Executive, M: 0427 279 414