The world's longest running ecotourism conference

Ecotourism Australia's main event

Ecotourism Australia is proud to host the Global Eco Conference, the world's longest running ecotourism conference, every year. This event, which has been running now for a quarter of a century, brings together the world’s leading speakers on ecotourism, sustainability and responsible tourism, as well as tourism operators, protected area managers, tourism organisations, Indigenous bodies and researchers to discuss ecotourism, sustainability and best practice initiatives. 

Ecotourism Australia’s members have always been at the cutting edge of ecotourism development at a global level and Global Eco is a clearing house of ideas, innovation and best practice. The conference creates opportunities for business-to-business and business-to-government collaboration, focused on practical and applied ecotourism. It is also content rich: Every year, keynote speakers drive discussions across the key thematic areas and specialised masterclasses and workshops enable delegates to maximise their investment. Delegate interaction is encouraged, and relationship building is enabled through exceptional networking events and technical tours.

Member benefits

Certified operators receive a 25% discount on registrations for the Annual Global Eco Conference.

Reasons to attend

  • Learn about international and national best practice ecotourism
  • Be inspired by expert keynote speakers from Australia and around the world
  • Hear about leading practices in eco- and sustainable tourism, conservation, protected area management, planning and development, marketing, Indigenous and community engagement, architecture and design, philanthropy, sustainable destination management and climate action
  • Network with government, practitioners, operators and academics

“Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference has always sent a high benchmark with great contents. It is getting better each year and very innovative even as the industry is being disrupted by global trends whether it is environment or technology.”

– Albert Teo, Founder Borneo Ecotours, Malaysia

Global Eco media toolkit

Click here to download our Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference media toolkit.

Global Eco Conference 2020

Global Eco event cover 2020

1-3 December 2020 'Revolution, driving evolution'

With the constraints on travel associated with COVID-19 the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference will, for the first time, offer a live-streamed program at selected ECO Destination locations across the country. This will be offered in addition to the live conference being staged at the HEART, in Margaret River Western Australia.

Check the list below to see if there is a live stream 'mini-conference' near you!

Bundaberg, QLD

Live streaming days 1-3 of the conference
1-3 December 2020
Bundaberg Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre
Click here to register

Additional event: Launch into Ecotourism Breakfast
1 December 2020, 7am arrival for 7:30am start
Bundaberg Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre
Further details and registration

Townsville, QLD

Live streaming days 1-3 of the conference
1-3 December 2020
Reid Park Pit Lane – Boundary Street Townsville
Email with your registration

Quandamooka Country (North Stradbroke Island), QLD

Live streaming days 1-3 of the conference
1-3 December 2020
Minjerribah Ganaba, Goompi (Dunwich)
Take the Stradbroke Flyer from the mainland
Further details and registration

Additional event: Daily Minjerribah Aboriginal Culture Walk with Traditional Owner – Josh Walker.
Tickets $40
For bookings contact Kiah Morgan: 0418 973 695 or

Coffs Harbour, NSW

Live streaming day 2 of the conference only
2 December 2020
Central Block, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Stadium Drive
Click here to register

Additional event: ECO Destination presentation/discussion and networking drinks
2 December 2020, 4pm-7pm
C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Stadium Drive
Further details and registration

Central Coast, NSW

Live streaming days 1-3 of the conference
1-3 December
Function Room at Central Coast Council, 2 Hely St, Wyong
Register your interest to attend here