Queensland’s Sunshine Coast plays host to the Global Eco 2013 Conference, bringing together an exceptional range of international and national speakers to examine trends in responsible tourism and ecotourism.
The three-day conference starts 18 November in Noosa and will feature high-calibre speakers such as Keith Sproule from the World Wildlife Fund in Namibia and Mariglo Laririt, Director of Sustainability, Ten Knots Corporation, the Philippines. The cross-over between conservation and preservation and the commercial reality of tourism will be examined by Lizzie Corke, CEO of the Conservation Ecology Centre in Cape Otway, Victoria.
Chris Briggs, Director of Tourism and Recreation at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) will provide insight to natural assets and how GBRMPA sees the reef becoming an increasingly important draw-card for visitors. In addition, national strategic marketing priorities will be examined by Nell Anderson, General Manager Strategy, for Tourism Australia and what the opportunities are for ecotourism.
The Sunshine Coast’s Noosa was selected specifically as the host venue because it is Queensland’s first designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is bordered by national parks, a pristine river system, ocean, rainforest and hinterland. Noosa is also on the doorstep of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and together with the Great Sandy it is the world’s only adjoining Biosphere.
The Noosa Biosphere Reserve, established in 2007, under the auspices of UNESCO, defines the former Noosa Shire. It does this not only geographically, but also by encapsulating the common values of sustainability and environmental awareness that are an essential aspect of Noosa’s history and current lifestyle.
A walk through Noosa National Park, just a short distance from Noosa’s main beach and the fashionable boutiques and award-winning restaurants of Hastings Street, reveals a world of wildlife including koalas, brush turkeys, wallabies, dolphins, turtles, whales and an array of birdlife.
Delegates to Global Eco 2013 will be shown how the cosmopolitan seaside village seeks to reconcile economic development, social development and environmental protection through partnerships between people and nature.
On a wider level, the conference will spend time examining Tourism Megatrends – Global Eco Action Agenda, with highly focused discussions involving six global megatrends developed to produce the Global Eco Charter – Ecotourism Megatrends. The megatrends were identified by the CSIRO as the Asia-Pacific community’s most influential issues as they progress through the 21st century.
For more information on the conference: www.globaleco.com.au
The conference is supported by Queensland Government, Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Noosa.