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August 12, 2020

Ecotourism conference will focus on 21st century megatrends

A leading annual ecotourism conference set to attract hundreds of delegates from around the world will be hosted by Noosa over November 18-20.

The 21st Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference brings together leading players from across the globe to examine best practices in sustainable tourism, tourism in protected and heritage areas and ecotourism. The conference will also focus on the area of climate change response.

The conference program is primarily developed around an Australian and Asia-Pacific regional context. Delegate numbers have ranged between 200-350 plus and have been on the increase, organisers said.

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eco conference logoThe program will focus on the six global megatrends of influence over the 21st century as identified by the CSIRO.

The megatrends include: getting more from less, increasing risk of species extinction, the increasing influence of the eastern world, aging populations, increasing internet connectivity and the increasing importance of social relationships.

How these trends impact, influence and are considered in the context of ecotourism and the natural landscape will be the underlying themes for the ecotourism conference.

The last day of the three-day conference will focus on technical workshops under a number of different banners such as indigenous tourism, investment in tourism and geo tourism.

The ecotourism conference will be held at the Outrigger Resort and Spa in the heart of the Noosa precinct.

Queensland was a natural choice to lead the growing worldwide interest in sustainable ecotourism, State Minister for National Parks Steve Dickson said.

“We are blessed with more than 1300 national parks and other reserves, conserving a diverse array of species and ecosystems as well as five World Heritage listed areas – more than any other state or territory in Australia,” he said.

“Queensland’s unique natural environment is our greatest competitive advantage and already attracts 51 million visits each year by Australians alone.

“This conference will shine a global spotlight on the best that Queensland has to offer while exploring practical opportunities to enrich the visitor experience and improve the environmental integrity of our protected areas,” he said.

For more info check out: www.globaleco.com.au

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