Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 2020
The Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference (“Global Eco”), the premier event of Ecotourism Australia, will be held 1-3 December 2020 in Margaret River, Western Australia. Now in its 28th year, it’s no coincidence that Global Eco attracts the world’s leading ecotourism operators, protected area managers and tourism professionals.
The 2020 Conference comes at a critical time for the industry. With the massive disruption to tourism through the bushfires of 2019 followed by the universally devastating impact of COVID-19, there has never been a more important time to come together, draw on the collective strengths of industry, government and academia to re-assess, reflect and recover.
With the conference traditionally being staged in November/December, the Board of Ecotourism Australia has made the decision to maintain its commitment to a physical conference. While international borders are still closed, delegates from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT can now travel to Western Australia to attend the conference. The conference has been designed to cater for both a live conference in Margaret River and a virtual conference via live streaming. The program for both live and virtual delegates is extremely rich and diversified as a quick review of the conference program will demonstrate. We have also introduced some innovative ways of creating ’satellite nodes’ providing organisations with a vital interest in ecotourism with a means of bringing operators, ecotourism professionals and students together to participate in the conference and even create networking opportunities at a local level.
The live conference and the networking events will be following all required COVID-19 safety precautions throughout the event.
The theme for the 2020 Global Eco Conference is: “Revolution, Driving Evolution”