It takes dedication and passion to pave the way for a sustainable future. By beginning their ECO Certification journey, tourism operators can ensure they are putting in place effective and ethical sustainability practices for the longevity of their operation and the conservation of the natural environment. Here are the tourism operators who completed their criteria and achieved certification in April 2022!
Key findings from Ecotourism Australia’s inaugural ECO Think | Destination Forum: Australian tourism must focus on collaboration, communication and partnerships to achieve a sustainable future – this was the core message coming out of last month’s inaugural ECO Think | Destination Forum held by Ecotourism Australia (EA) on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Coast and Bellingen Shire.
Swimming with dolphins and seals, captain and owner of Sea All Dolphin Swims and founder of Southern Ocean Environmental Link (SOEL), James ‘Murph’ Murphy doesn’t have your traditional office. Out on the waters of Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay each day, Murph, has witnessed firsthand the detrimental impacts of plastic pollution on Australia’s marine environment.
It takes dedication and passion to pave the way for a sustainable future. By beginning their ECO Certification journey, tourism operators can ensure they are putting in place effective and ethical sustainability practices for the longevity of their operation and the conservation of the natural environment. Here are the tourism operators who completed their criteria and achieved certification in March 2022!
Experts in curating tours that explore all corners of Australia, Fun Over 50 Holidays Holidays continue to innovate off the back of a year coloured with recognition for their ongoing efforts in the tourism industry. Winning gold in both the Cultural Tourism and the Judges Award for Innovation and Resilience categories at the 2021 Queensland Tourism Awards, the team are known for making strides towards upholding ecotourism values that have earned them multiple certifications with Ecotourism Australia.
Ecotourism Australia certified operators have again been recognised at the 2021 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, representing more than 20 per cent of all award winners this year.
Out to make a difference and help keep our country litter-free is the Dolphin Discovery Centre (DDC) in Bunbury, Western Australia, with their recent Storm Chasers Program. Volunteers from the local community and staff of the DDC come together whenever there has been a storm to clear the beach of litter and debris, keeping the environment clean and protecting local wildlife. Every month, these volunteers clear hundreds of kilometres of coastline, bushland and forests of litter while also monitoring for wildlife in need of help such as sea turtles, birdlife, seals, and dolphins.
Naveze is a digital way-finding app for indoor and outdoor experiences that empowers visitors to make their own way through a site or destination, including showgrounds, public gardens, and sports venues. Through inclusion of points of interest like carparks and toilets, Naveze can help to enhance the overall visitor experience through personalised service. Satellite and street views, estimated travel times, detailed direction and accessibility routes are additional key aspects of the mapping technology that help to set Naveze apart.
Our newest business member is seeking to pave the way for sustainability in the design industry – welcome to the Ecotourism Australia family Doepel Marsh Architects + Planners!
International Women’s Day (IWD) offers all of us a chance to reflect on the progress made for and by women and to recognise the path left to walk towards true global gender equality. UN Women has declared the theme for 2022 is Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow – a theme that appreciates the contributions of women and girls around the world, who are leading the way in changing the climate of gender inequality and creating a sustainable future. This is of particular importance as women and girls are more vulnerable to climate-related disasters and yet are largely ignored in developing solutions. It is important to recognise that International Women’s Day is a day for celebration and is also a day to call to action.