2020 Global Ecotourism Conference on the Central Coast

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Watch the live stream of the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference in Wyong on the Central Coast, direct from Margaret River, WA

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Central Coast Council has commenced its journey to certification as an ECO Destination in a partnership with Ecotourism Australia and WWF-Australia.

The ECO Destination Certification program assures travellers that destinations are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and provide high-quality nature-based tourism experiences within the region.

As part of that valuable partnership, the Central Coast will host a FREE satellite conference where we live stream the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 2020 from 1-3 December. This is a great opportunity to access relevant industry insight from the heart of WA directly from the heart of Wyong, NSW.

Registration is FREE, but with limited spaces available bookings are essential.

To attend the Central Coast satellite live streaming in Wyong from 1-3 December, please browse the program of sessions below, then choose your preference for Day 1, Day 2, or Day 3 and 'Register to Attend'.

The remote satellite conference will feature a live stream of tourism industry keynotes and presentations focused on the theme, ‘Revolution, Driving Evolution’. Central Coast attendees will have the opportunity to ask speakers questions via an app in real time, meet and network with local nature-based tourism operators, industry experts, and passionate environmentalists interested in the current ecotourism climate.

Why this satellite conference matters to the Central Coast community

With over 60 leading industry speakers accessible via this mini conference, it's being staged at a time when much of the global tourism industry has been decimated by the impacts of COVID-19. The conference takes a fresh look at the industry, questions how we go about business, our offerings, our alliances, and our expectations for growth, all of which can benefit how you work on a smaller level, especially as the Central Coast region starts its journey to ECO Destination Certification.

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GLOBAL ECO CONFERENCE PROGRAM

REGISTER TO ATTEND IN WYONG CBD

Tickets are limited and bookings are essential for this COVID-safe event. Choose a ticket for each day you would like to attend the conference live streaming at Central Coast Council Administration Building, Wyong, and when completing your order note the specific sessions/times you wish to attend.

*Please note: food and beverages are not provided at the conference, but several local cafés, lunch and dinner spots are located in Wyong for breaks between sessions.

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DAY 1 - Tuesday 1 December

(NSW times, live streamed from WA)

12pm - 1pm

  • Welcome to Country - Josh Whiteland (Koomal Dreaming, Wadandi Cultural Custodian )
  • Convenor Welcome - Tony Charters AM (Co-Convenor – Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference )
  • Keynote - Dr Claire Ellis (Chair – Ecotourism Australia )
  • Welcome from WA Government - Hon Stephen Dawson MLC (Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs )
  • Welcome to the Destination - Cr Ian Earl (Shire President – Shire of Augusta-Margaret River )

1 - 130pm

INSPIRE – Keynote Craig Wickham, Managing Director, Exceptional Kangaroo Island

****** 130 – 2pm - 30 MIN BREAK******

2 – 330pm

TAKING STOCK: SURVIVING THE IMPACTS OF NATURAL DISASTERS & PANDEMICS + Q&A

  • Keynote Amy Carter-James (Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer – Raaise )
  • Keynote Lee Miezis (Chief Executive Officer – Bushfire Recovery Victoria )
  • Keynote Sonia Beckwith (Co-Owner – Live Ningaloo )

****** 330 – 430pm - 1 HOUR BREAK******

430 – 6pm

ECOTOURISM FUTURES + Q&A

  • Keynote - Adele Labine-Romain (National Travel, Hospitality and Leisure Sector Leader & Partner – Deloitte Access Economics Pty Ltd )
  • Keynote Geoff Manchester (Co-Founder – Intrepid Travel )
  • Keynote Peter Sharp (Executive Director, Parks and Visitor Services – Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia ) and Rhonda Murphy (Manager, Aboriginal Engagement and Heritage Unit – Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions )

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DAY 2 - Wednesday 2 December

(NSW times, live streamed from WA)

1130am – 130pm

Ecotourism Post COVID-19 + Q&A

  • Reflect, Rethink, Reboot: Tourism in 2020 and Beyond - Penny Spoelder (Consultant – TRC Tourism )
  • Adaptation and Recovery of Ecotourism Markets - Dr Sarah Gardiner (Deputy Director, Griffith Institute for Tourism – Griffith University )
  • The Importance of Providing the Right Experiences for your Clients in a Post-COVID Economy - Grant Charlesworth (Director – Australian Luxury Escapes )
  • Regeneration: The Next Evolution Of Ecotourism - Matt Sykes (Founder & Chief Executive Officer – Regeneration Projects )
  • Evolving Ecotourism: New Directions, Embrace the Opportunities - Ingrid Albion (Environmental Educator – Homeward Bound Alumnae )
  • Crisis Management Planning - Why? - Chris Rose (Consultant – TRC Tourism )
  • Visitor and Site Management of Tourist Attractions in the New Normal - Juliepearl Brion (Tourism Planner – JPBSystems, Inc. )
  • Q&A session

****** 130 – 2pm - 30 MIN BREAK*****

2 - 330pm

Ecotourism Post COVID-19 + Q&A continued

  • Post-Pandemic Geotourism: Why do Chinese Tourists Matter? - Dr Young Ng (Geoscientist – Danxiashan UNESCO Global Geopark, China )
  • What can we learn from COVID for the Climate Crisis? - Prof Susanne Becken (Professor of Sustainable Tourism, Griffith Institute for Tourism – Griffith Business School )
  • How Australia’s Tourism and Parks Agencies are Supporting Tourism Recovery - Chris Thomas (Chair – Tourism and Parks Agencies Forum )
  • COVID, Travel and Tourism: Identifying Effective Response and Recovery Strategies - Prof Brent Ritchie (Associate Dean, Research – Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, The University of Queensland )
  • Rebuilding Tourism Demand when Disaster Strikes - Gabby Walters (Associate Professor – The University of Queensland )

****** 330 – 430pm - 1 HOUR BREAK******

430 – 5pm

INSPIRE - Keynote - Gary Muir, EcoGuide, WOW Wilderness EcoCruises

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DAY 3 - Thursday 3 December

(NSW times, live streamed from WA)

1130am – 130pm

Evolving Ecotourism and ECO Destinations + Q&A

  • Augmenting the Geotourism Experience through New Digital Technologies - Prof Patrick James (Adjunct Professor – University of South Australia )
  • Delivering a National Geotourism Strategy for Australia - Angus M Robinson (Managing Director – Leisure Solutions Pty Ltd )
  • Wild about Tasmanian Wilderness: How the Tasmanian Community is Helping the Tourism Industry by Protecting Wilderness against Tourism Development - Tom Allen (Campaign Manager – The Wilderness Society Tasmania )
  • Sustainable Wildlife Tourism in Asia and the Pacific: Future Perspectives - Dr Ronda Green (Chair – Wildlife Tourism Australia )
  • The Importance of Animal Empowerment in Visitor Experience across Zoos Victoria - Katherine Quinn (Zoo Keeper – Zoos Victoria )
  • Technology Applications to Drive the Evolution of Ecotourism - Penelope Street (Founder and Director – Narrowcasters Pty Ltd )
  • Telematics and the Fully Connected RV to Create a Lower, Safer Footprint - Kate Meldrum (Chief Operating Officer, Australia – Tourism Holdings Australia Pty Ltd ) and Antonia Nichol (Future-Fit Project and Engagement Manager, Global – Tourism Holdings Australia Pty Ltd )
  • Q&A session

****** 130 – 2pm - 30 MIN BREAK*****

2 – 330pm

Evolving Ecotourism and ECO Destinations + Q&A continued

  • Why so Many Tools for Measuring Eco/Sustainable Tourism? Overlap, Anomalies and Opportunities - Cameron Balch (Masters Student – The University of Queensland ) and Dr Noreen Breakey (Lecturer – The University of Queensland )
  • Rebuilding from a Crisis - Rod Hillman (Chief Executive Officer – Ecotourism Australia )
  • Te Hā Tāpoi: The Love of Tourism - Kristin Dunne (Chief Executive Officer – Tourism Bay of Plenty, New Zealand )
  • Sustainable Destinations and Experiences Deserve more Sustainable Marketing - Carl Solomon (Director – Destination Marketing Store )
  • Ecotourism and Opportunities for Traditional Owners - Jeff McAlister (Deputy Director-General Tourism and Major Events – Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport QLD )
  • Q&A session

****** 330 – 430pm - 1 HOUR BREAK******

430 – 6pm

INDIGENOUS ECOTOURISM + Q&A

  • Keynote - Cameron Costello (Chief Executive Officer – Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation )
  • Keynote - Rosie Sandover (Owner and Operator – Kingfisher Tours ) and Rebecca Sampi (Head Guide – Kingfisher Tours )
  • Keynote - Robert Taylor (Chief Executive Officer – WAITOC )
  • Q&A session

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Global Eco Conference Background:

The Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference (Global Eco) is the premier event of Ecotourism Australia, with the theme for 2020 - “Revolution, Driving Evolution”. The 2020 conference will give voice to the diversity of players that can contribute to a revolution in the tourism world and take a fresh look at the industry. To question how we go about business, our offerings, our alliances, our expectations for growth. Now in its 28th year, the Global Eco attracts the world’s leading ecotourism operators, tourism professionals, protected area managers, national park agencies, state and national tourism organisations, industry organisations, conservation bodies, marine and reef tourism organisations and a large number of international tourism representatives.

For more information about the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference, please visit: https://globaleco.com.au


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