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

Sydney Wildlife and Adventure Tours Newly Certified

Sydney Wildlife and Adventure Tours have just recently been certified at the Nature Tourism level of Certification.

Sydney Wildlife and Adventure Tours is a unique family owned business, offering a choice of amazing and affordable tours, as well as customized private tours.

On a tour with Sydney Wildlife and Adventure Tours you will see and experience some truly amazing things. They have tours to suit people of all ages, tastes and fitness levels. Some of the experiences you can choose from on our tours include; Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises, Horse Riding, Mountain Climbing, Bush Walking/Hiking, Swimming and Snorkeling on Secluded Beaches, Touching/Holding/Feeding Kangaroos, Koalas and Native Bird-life, and Gourmet Food and Wine tours.

Sydney Wildlife and Adventure Tours offer a choice of one day and two day tours. When you go on a trip with Sydney Wildlife and Adventure Tours there are no added costs, and they pride themselves on offering unbeatable value for money.

For more information on Sydney Wildlife and Adventure Tours, visit their website

For more information on Eco certification, visit our website

Certified operators shine at Awards

Certified operators were acknowledged at the 2012 CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards (INTA) held in Mudgee on 28th July 2012, the Greater Sydney Tourism Awards Gala Dinner held on 19th July at the Doltone House, Sylvania Waters and the The I Love Food Awards hosted by LifeStyleFood.

The CountryLink Awards are held annually to acknowledge excellence in tourism in the four regional tourism areas of Central, Inland, Murray and Riverina NSW. The Inland Tourism Awards commenced in 2004 to evolve into a major tourism industry event for Inland NSW.

The Greater Sydney Tourism Awards Gala Dinner announced the winners and celebrated in an evening of festivities hosted by Andrew Daddo and attended by over 200 tourism industry representatives. The Gala Dinner was an evening that epitomised the excellence, passion and spirit that makes the tourism industry in Greater Sydney shine, with great food, great entertainment, and of course lots of great winning smiles.

The I Love Food Awards is an initiative of LifeStyleFood and is Australia’s largest people’s choice restaurant award. It offers a true insight into how and where Australians are eating out.

CONGRATULATIONS to all our 2012 Winners!

Eldee Station – Winner in Hosted Accommodation Category

Eldee Station were awarded this year for Hosted Accommodation for their executive and family style accommodation, caravan and tent sites on the Mundi Mundi Plains and the Barrier Ranges. Eldee Station hold Advanced Ecotourism Certification and Climate Action Business Certification from Ecotourism Australia.

Tri State Safaris – Winner of Tour & Transport Operators Award

Tri State Safaris also won Indigenous Tourism Award for the small group tours that they run to Mutawintji National Park and to other areas of cultural and ecological significance. Many of these tours are led by accredited Aboriginal guides to provide a more authentic experience.

Tri State Safaris hold Advanced Ecotourism Certification and Climate Action Leader Certification.

 Life’s An Adventure – Winner of Tour & Transport and Adventure Tourism

Life’s An Adventure specialise in award-winning day tours and overnight tours in Sydney, the Blue Mountains & Tasmania. They offer guided kayaking, hiking, (bush walking) and mountain biking tours with small groups from 4 to 15 people.

Owners Mark and Vicki Norek said “we are honoured to win these two awards again this year as we were up against some tough competition”. We are very proud to be recognised in these important tourism awards of excellence.

Life’s An Adventure is Ecotourism Certified.

Royal Coast Walks  –  Winner of the Ecotourism Award and Highly Commended in Tour & Transport and Adventure Tourism categories

Royal Coast Walks are the Royal National Park specialists, providing expertly guided hiking and camping adventures through Australia’s oldest park, less than an hour from the centre of Sydney.

In 2009, Royal Coast Walks became one of the first tour operators licensed by Parks to operate in Royal National Park, and a few years later, just the second company in the area to receive a 10 year Premium EcoPass license after passing a rigorous Advanced Ecotourism accreditation process.

Bundeena Kayaks & Stand Up Paddle Boards – People’s Choice Award

Bundeena Kayaks and Paddle Boards in southern Sydney is ideally located in a waterfront picnic area. Bordered by stretches of sandy swimming beaches and nestled in the Royal National Park it is the perfect base for a paddling adventure. Plenty to offer including kayak hire, guided eco-tours and lessons, from Wed –Sun all year around.

Bundeena Kayaks and Paddle Boards is Advanced Ecotourism Certified.

The Ugly Duck Outwinner in the I Love Food Awards (Tasmania’s Favorite Vegetarian restaurant)

This family restaurant offers a diverse menu, featuring organics, GM free, fair trade produce, local seafood and clean fresh ingredients.

The Ugly Duck Out restaurant is Climate Action Innovator Certified with Ecotourism Australia.

For more information about Life’s An AdventureRoyal Coast WalksBundeena Kayaks and Paddle Boards, Eldee StationTri State Safaris and The Ugly Duck Out please follow the link.

For information about the 2012 Greater Sydney Tourism Awards visit the website.

For more information about CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards, please visit their website.

FJ Tours

FJ Tours has recently achieved Nature Tourism Certification.

FJ Tours operate daily, luxury coach tours from Sydney to the spectacular Blue Mountains, about 70km from Sydney CBD. The family business is operated by Fred and Joanna Artwoeger and enthusiastic staff. The business has been awarded Nature Tourism Certification for their experience: Blue Mountains Scenic Day Tour.

The FJ team has been presenting the magic of the mountains to Australians and overseas visitors for over 15 years. Their experience and knowledge of the Blue Mountains is second to none.

For more information contact FJ Tours on + 61 2 9637 4466 or

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