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International Eco Tourism Forum

For those interested in environmental or “Eco” tourism, this half day forum is a must. Whether you are a tourism accommodation, tour or attractions business, come along and hear about opportunities to work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife. You will also hear about the importance and opportunities for Voluntourism programs.  Our International Keynote Speaker, Mr Albert Teo, owner of Award winning Borneo Ecotours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge will provide an inspiring talk about his business ethos and what it wants to achieve.  Other speakers will cover a range of topics including:
  • Voluntourism
  • Partnerships with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, as well as
  • Managing and promoting our natural attractions.

When: 17th November 2016 Where: The Rose Hotel - 27 Wellington Street Bunbury 6230 Time: 8.45am to 1.30pm Book Today! albert-picKEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mr Albert Teo BORNEO ECO TOURS Albert Teo is one of South East Asia’s eco tourism leaders. His companies Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge have won numerous international ecotourism awards including:
  • Asia's Leading  Green Hotel at the 17th World Travel Award 2010 and the 2012 SKÅL
  • International Sustainable Development in Tourism Award for Tour Operator at the 73rd SKÅL International Congress in Korea.
 As the Forum’s Keynote Speaker, you will hear how Albert has transformed his businesses into world recognised tourism businesses that support local communities as well as promoting best practice environmental education and partnerships.
kirsten-holmesDr Kirsten Holmes CURTIN UNIVERSITY Kirsten Holmes is an Associate Professor in the School of Marketing at Curtin University. She is the author of ‘Managing volunteers in tourism: attractions, destinations and events’ (with Karen Smith, Elsevier, 2009) and her research focuses specifically on volunteering in tourism contexts. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with volunteer organisations and, most recently, she has completed a project for the International Olympic Committee, examining the volunteer legacies from the Sydney and London Games. Kirsten will be speaking on Voluntourism or Volunteer tourism and how it has been a growing trend over the past 15-20 years. Most studies have examined Australians travelling overseas, mostly to developing countries, with limited knowledge about domestic or inbound volunteer tourism. This presentation will give an overview of the growth in volunteer tourism as an activity, how the topic has been researched by academics, and identify key trends and new markets.
david-pic Mr David Kerr GENERAL MANAGER, DOLPHIN DISCOVERY CENTRE David is the General Manager of the Dolphin Discovery Centre and President of the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce & Industries. He is also the Managing Director of Business Management & Training Services a consultancy that specialises in strategic planning, community engagement and project management. In this role David  has worked throughout Australia ona wide range of projects across most industry groups since 1999. David will be presenting on the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project with an emphasis on the Dolphin Discovery Centre and the critical existing and future role of volunteers with that organisation. He will also present a model for future voluntourism opportunities based from the Dolphin Discovery Centre but embracing local waterways and the Bunbury hinterland.
rod-quartermain-picMr Rod Quartermain DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND WILDLIFE Rod is the Policy and Tourism Branch Manager at the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife after a long career in the private sector, as a tour operator, and experience in State and Regional Tourism Organisations. He is the current Chair of the ‘Tourism in Australia’s Protected Areas Forum’ (TAPAF) and is instrumental in developing the Nature based tourism operations and opportunities within Western Australia’s Protected areas.
steve-crawford1aDr Steve Crawford DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND WILDLIFE A passionate advocate for nature-based tourism Steve is the Visitor Communications Manager at the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Steve has extensive career experience in tourism planning, development and strategic-level marketing. He has served on numerous national task forces and committees in such areas as Indigenous tourism, backpacking, ecotourism, cruise shipping and food and wine tourism. A past recipient of both State and National Tourism Awards, Steve is an acknowledged leader in his field. Steve is currently a member of the Curtin Business School Marketing Advisory Board, Edith Cowan University Hospitality and Tourism Consultative Committee and is an executive member of the Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism. Steve will speak on why The Department of Parks and Wildlife is keen to form tourism industry partnerships where mutually beneficial outcomes can be delivered.  The newly created Great South West Edge touring route is one such partnership.  It has the potential for tour packaging via well-established travel distribution channels.
mark-delane-picMr Mark Delane MARGARET RIVER BUSSELTON TOURISM ASSOCIATION Mark is the Attractions Manager for the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association. The Association is the largest of its type in Western Australia, and one of the largest in Australia. It is not for profit incorporated association with more than 700 members, governed by a Board of nine Directors. The MRBTA operates six tourist attractions – Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave, Jewel Cave, Ngilgi Cave, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse – and manages ground handling at Busselton Regional Airport. It also operates visitor centres in Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta, and markets the destination to intrastate, interstate and international visitors. The cave system is located in Australia’s only international biodiversity hotspot, and best practice environmental policies play an important role in their overall management. Mark will be speaking on finding the balance between offering a world class experience for visitors whilst continuing to preserve and maintain these natural assets for future generations. 2016-international-eco-tourism-forum

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