Monday, 27 November


Registration Opens

8:20am - 8:40am

Welcome to Country

8:40am - 8:45am

Convenor Welcome

Tony Charters AM, Convenor, Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference

8:45am - 8:50am

Ecotourism Australia Welcome

Rick Murray, Chairman, Ecotourism Australia

8:50am - 9:00am


Ecotourism and Private Conservation
9:00am - 9:25am

Atticus Fleming, Chief Executive, Australian Wildlife Conservancy

9:25am - 9:50am


9:50am - 10:15am

Brendon Bevan, Manager, Arkaba Conservancy and The Arkaba Walk

10:15am - 10:30am


10:30am - 11:00am

Morning Tea

Tourism and the Chinese Dream

Tony Charters

11:00am - 11:25am

Prof. David Simmons, Professor of Tourism, Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Lincoln University

Tourism in Protected Areas
11:25am - 11:50am

Dr. Russell Reichelt, Chairman and CEO, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

11:50am - 12:15pm

Keynote 7

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Q&A Panel

12:30pm - 1:30pm


Tourism and PAM CEO Forum
1:30pm - 1:55pm

Sandy Pitcher, Chief Executive DEWNR, SA

1:55pm - 2:20pm

Keynote 7

2:20pm - 3:00pm

CEO Forum - PAM’s and Tourism Commissions

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Afternoon Tea

Wildlife and Ecotourism
3:30pm - 3:55pm

Dr. Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria and President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

3:55pm - 4:20pm

Elaine Bensted, Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia

4:20pm - 5:00pm

Panel Discussion - Wildlife Interactions

  • Jenny Gray ( President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums)
  • Elaine Bensted (Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia)
  • Cameron Kerr (CEO, Taronga Conservation Society)
  • Jillian Blackbeard (Marketing Manager, Botswana Tourism Organisation).

Welcome Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, 28 November


Registration Opens

Community Ecotourism and Social License
8:30am - 8:50am

Alfred Wellington,Chief Executive Officer, Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council And Delia Lowe

8:50am - 9:10am

Joselito Costas, Tourism Officer, Cebu Provincial Government

9:10am - 9:30am

Shu Tan, Founder, Sapa O’Chau

9:30am - 9:50am

Rashmini Mather, Tourism Strategic Planner, Sri Lanka

9:50am - 10:05am


Ecotourism Australia Report
10:05am - 10:30am

Rod Hillman, CEO, Ecotourism Australia

10:30am - 11:00am

Morning Tea

Ecotourism and Philanthropy
11:00am - 11:20am

Andrew Fairley AM, Chairman, The Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation

11:20am - 11:50am

Panel Discussion

  • Keith Sproule
  • Andrea Hammon
  • Atticus Fleming
Geotourism and the Chinese Market
11:50am - 12:10pm

Ng Young, Member, Geotourism Standing Committee of the Geological Society of Australia

12:10pm - 12:30pm

Derek Tse, HK Traveller, Hong Kong

12:30pm - 1:30pm


Asia-Pacific Forum
1:30pm - 1:55pm

Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, Director, Biodiversity Management Bureau Philippines

1:55pm - 2:20pm

Hiran Cooray, Chairman, Jetwing

2:20pm - 2:45pm

Dr. Chuwit Mitrchob, Deputy Director-General, Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration

2:45pm - 3:00pm


3:00pm - 3:30pm

Afternoon Tea

Innovation and Ecotourism Futures
3:30pm - 3:55pm

Jillian Blackbeard, Marketing Manager, Botswana Tourism Organisation (TBC)

3:55pm - 4:20pm

Joep Koster, Owner & CEO, Soel Yatchts

4:20pm - 4:45pm

Keith Sproule, Abercrombie and Kent USA

4:45pm - 5:00pm



Announcement of the 2018 Conference Host & Close


Conference Dinner

Day 3: Wednesday, 29 November

Morning Streams (8:30am - 12:30pm)
Choose to attend one of the three morning streams
8:30am - 12:30pm

Building and Marketing Ecotourism Experiences

Experience is at the centre of ecotourism and as travellers become more independent their desire for high quality experiences increases. How can operators enhance the experience levels they are offering? What are the best tools and approaches to market experiences? How are the differing markets perceiving quality experiences? This workshop will explore these critical questions and present case studies that demonstrate successful techniques and lessons learnt.

8:30am - 12:30pm


Outstanding geological landscapes underpin so much of our tourism industry and the interest in Geotourism worldwide is growing. Geotourism features unique geological formations and as such opens up opportunities for destinations to integrate these natural wonders into high value tours experiences. Australia, with its ancient lands and diverse geology is well placed to develop this sector and to learn from other countries that have been quick to recognise the potential of geotourism.

8:30am - 12:30pm

Indigenous Ecotourism

Indigenous ecotourism goes to the heart of the ecotourism itself - authentic experiences, presented in a way that is acceptable to the caretakers of the culture. The link between land, waters and culture. The sustainable management of these resources. Indigenous ecotourism provides economic opportunities for indigenous communities. Issues such as scale, capacity, start-up funding and intellectual property are key considerations.

8:30am - 12:30pm

Tourism in Protected Areas

Protected areas play a fundamental role in the ecotourism industry. Inceasingly ecotourism is contributing to conservation directly through revenue generation and indirectly through interpretation and the presentation of natural and cultural heritage values to travellers. This workshop will examine case studies and discuss direction for the future to optimise the benefits of tourism in protected areas.

Afternoon Streams (1:30pm - 5:00pm)
Choose to attend one of the three afternoon streams
1:30pm - 5:00pm

Community Involvement & Strategic Partnerships

Strategic partnerships and innovative collaborations create widespread opportunities for the tourism industry, communities and conservation. Partnerships seek mutual benefits and winning outcomes for all involved. How are these developed, what procedures can protect the environment, and what are the community and business benefits?

This workshop will discuss the opportunities available for partnerships in the ecotourism sector. Partnership professionals will give an expert insight into the strategies for establishing, managing, and ensuring the longevity of collaborations in tourism. Presentations will include examples of policy that facilitate partnerships; case studies of success; innovative programs involving multiple partners; international and cross-destination partnerships.

1:30pm - 5:00pm

Destination Planning & Development

This forum will focus on how destinations are integrating ecotourism into sustainable destination. This workshop will highlight successful case studies and initiatives from both Australia and overseas. Topics such as destination planning, sustainability policy and product development, the place of certification for products and guides; and skills development will be covered in this workshop.

1:30pm - 5:00pm

Ecotourism Operators

This workshop brings together operators from around Australia and overseas to share their experiences, compare notes and to see how other operators are dealing with the very same issues and opportunities. New technology, new marketing approaches and emerging trends will be covered. The session will be dynamic with a mix of specialists in product development and marketing and a wide range of short case studies from operators who are happy to share their experiences.

1:30pm - 5:00pm

Ecotourism & Wildlife Interactions

Wildlife is central to so many ecotourism experiences globally but the way it is managed varies greatly across the globe. The involvement of wildlife in tourism raises ethical, protection and conservation issues. Ecotourism can be a powerful force for wildlife conservation. This workshop will explore case studies and best practices and open up debate and discussion across the broad spectrum of wildlife tourism.