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 have taken the decision to maintain its commitment to a physical conference. In line with the current government predictions, the timing, in the first week of December, will be in a period when domestic tourism and limited international tourism has been re-opened. However, it is expected that there will be significant flow-on restrictions and challenges posed by the serious economic and social impacts of the pandemic. The situation will be regularly monitored during the planning stages of the conference and all recommended and required precautions – including social distancing and hygiene requirements – will be taken during the staging of the event. Registered attendees and participants will be kept up to date with any changes made to the program due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
The theme for the 2020 Global Eco Conference is: “Revolution, Driving Evolution”