Conference Proceedings 2012

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Day 1 - Monday 15 October 2012


Convenor's Overview
Tony Charters, Convenor
Green Growth and Travelism: eco-tourism and apple-seeds
Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Council of Tourism Partners (UK)
Pathway to a Renewable Jet fuel Industry in Australia
David White, Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change, Virgin Australia
The Social Revolution: creating community, changing people's lives and transcending your product by creating a movement
Bruce Poon Tip, Founder, G Adventures (Canada)
Ecotourism in the Philippines
Mr. Rolando Canizal, Director for Planning, Philippine Department of Tourism
Ecotourism in Papua New Guinea
James Enage, CEO, Kokoda Track Authority
A Fresh Approach to Ecotourism Investment in Queensland
Neal Muller, General Manager, Industry Development - Tourism Division, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
Tourism Investment: building better regional product
Craig Davidson, General Manager Destination Development, Tourism Australia
Fifty Shades of Green: an ecotourism case study
Sheena Walshaw, Managing Director, Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours
Global and Indigenous Tourism
David Hudson Dahwurr, General Manager, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Regional Tourism Investment: current challenges, future opportunities
Greg Farrell, Managing Director, The Federal Group

Day 2 - Tuesday 16 October 2012


Protected Area Management through Business Partnerships: keeping New Zealand 100% Pure
David Wilks, Director, Commercial Business Unit, Department of Conservation New Zealand (NZ)
Soria Moria Educational Development Program: an initiative to empower locals through higher education, on-site management training and share ownership
Kristin Holdø Hansen, Managing Director, Soria Moria Boutique Hotel (Norway)
Product Development IS Marketing: getting rewarded for innovation
Richard Edwards, Owner and Founder, (USA)
Sustainable and Responsible Tourism of Cambodia
HE Mr TITH Chantha, Director General of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Cambodia
The Royal Project: another site of ecotourism in Thailand
Mrs. Thanitta Savetsila Maneechote, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand


Sustainable Destination Management

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau
Brad Towle, International Tourism Promotion and Development Director, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau (Japan)
Clean Energy for Eco Tourism
Simon Troman, Managing Director, IT Power (Australia) Pty Ltd
Sustainable Tourism Development in Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal
Lal Gurung, Project Director, National Trust for Nature Conservation (Nepal)
Sustainable Destination Management: The best of both worlds or do we throw away the key?
Bruce Rampton, Team Leader Wet Tropics Region, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Soap Aid
Michael Matulick, CEO, Concept Amenities
Sustainable Investment: an essential ingredient for success
Sandrine Gaymard, Co-Owner, Ecoline/TreeTop Adventure Park
Ecotourism in the Asia Pacific: A UNWTO Study of Best Practice
Leonie Bowles, Program Program Coordinator, Ecotourism Australia

Communities Benefiting from Strategic Partnerships

Strategic partnerships: World Heritage Management and tour guiding in the Wet Tropics
Dr Paul Chantrill, Manager Communities and Partnerships, Wet Tropics Management Authority - Co-presenter: Russel Boswell, Savannah Guides
Noosa Biosphere Limited's Partnership Model
Dr Scott Richardson, Head of Tourism and Hospitality Programs, Central Queensland University
The Evolution of the Hunter Wetlands Centre towards a Ramsar listed wetlands and Ecotourism Destination through local Community Partnerships and the Department of Education
Anna Ryan, Ecotourism Manager, Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia
Mashpi Lodge: a cloud forest gem
Francisco Dousdebes, Commercial Manager & Head of Environmental Affairs, Metropolitan Touring
Making a Splash: Conservation Partnerships for Sea Turtle Conservation
Tim Harvey, Director, Sea Turtle Foundation
A Shared Journey: Australia's National Landscapes Program
Emma Knezevic, Senior Tourism Officer, Planning, Tourism and National Landscapes, Parks Australia
China Ready Case Study
Dan Butt, General Manager, AVANA Tourism.

Tourism in Terrestrial and Marine Protected Areas

Unlocking Opportunities for Ecotourism in National Parks
Anne Greentree, Director, Tourism and Visitor Services, Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
Managing the growth in voluntourism
Dr Claire Ellis, Director, Claire Ellis Consulting
Islands in the sun: Island-specific design
John Cameron, Director, John Cameron Architect
The value to public land management agencies in having tourists voluntarily submit environmental monitoring data
Dr Martin Fluker, Lecturer, Victoria University
Wildlife Tourism Australia
Dr Ronda Green, Proprietor, Araucaria Ecotours
Geotourism as a Potential Tourism Concept in Oman
Dr Galal Afifi, Ass. Prof. Tourism Department, Sultan Qaboos University - Sultanate of Oman
Understanding Great Barrier Reef Visitors
Dr. Bruce Prideaux, Professor of Tourism, James Cook University
Co-presenter: Michelle Thompson, James Cook University

Day 3 - Wednesday 17 October


Growing a culture within a culture through Accor Hotels
Shane Edwards, General Manager, Mercure Cairns Harbourside
Aboriginal Eco-Tourism and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Henrietta Marrie, Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University - Institute for Advance Studies & Adjunct Professor - Cairns Institute, James Cook University.
(Gimuy Wallubarra Yidinji)
Indigenous Tourism: achieving success through challenging times
Jacob Cassady, Manager, Mungalla Station
Partnerships for Long Term Success: why real engagement with Aboriginal communities builds real opportunities
Chris Buykx, Domestic General Manager, World Expeditions


Navigating the Reef
Brad Groves, General Manager, Maritime Standards Division, Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Scratching the Surface at Ecuador's Biodiversity: the case of Mashpi Lodge
Francisco Dousdebes, Commercial Manager & Head of Environmental Affairs, Metropolitan Touring (Ecuador)
Sustainability: beyond the linen card on your pillow
Patricia Gallardo, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Shangri-La Hotel international Management (Hong Kong)
Ecotourism in Nepal
Dr. Hum Gurung, Institutional Development Adviser, Bird Conservation Nepal
Ecotourism in Taiwan
Mr. Victor Yu, Executive Director, Taiwan Ecotourism Association
Host State Closing Address
The Hon. Jann Stuckey MP, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games


Indigenous and Cultural Tourism

Bangaboui: together we will paddle
Melinda Loe, Manager, Museum and Education, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA)
Co-presenter: Gabrielle Widders, A/Aboriginal Interpretation Officer, SHFA
National Trust experiences and opportunities for Indigenous and Cultural Tourism
Alan Briggs, Lecturer, Murdoch University
Marketing the 'Champions' of Indigenous Tourism
Kristi O'Brien, Experiences Project Manager, Tourism Australia
Co-presenter: Sonya Jeffrey, Ingan Tours

Optimising Tropical Ecotourism

The Daintree Discovery Centre - a practical model for committed ecotourism operators Community-based Carbon Offset in practice
Pam Birkett, Director, Daintree Discovery Centre
Valuing the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
Vicki Bonanno, Manager, Sustainable Development and Policy, Tourism and Recreation Section, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Optimising tropical ecotourism: the case of 3 Malaysian destinations
Assoc Prof David Newsome, Assoc Prof in Ecotourism, Murdoch University
Cairns brand new 6 star Eco accommodation that doesn't cost the earth
Jenine Drayton, Owner Manager, BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park

Marketing Eco Wonders

Marketing Geological Wonders
Prof Ross Dowling, Foundation Professor of Tourism, Edith Cowan University
Christmas Island : A Natural Wonder
Linda Cash, Marketing Manager, Christmas Island Tourism Association
Consumer Expectations vs Product Delivery
Melanie Grevis-James, Director, Banksia Marketing/Our Planet Travel
3 million Facebook fans can’t be wrong: a case study on how Tourism Australia is using social media to drive advocacy
Jesse Desjardins, Social Media and Advocacy Manager, Tourism Australia

Tourism in Terrestrial and Marine Protected Areas

Protecting the Experience: Boodjamulla
James Newman, Regional Manager Cape York/Savannah Region, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Reach for the Stars
Aileen Bell, Manager Tourism and Economic Development, Warrumbungle Shire Council
Voluntourism in Victoria's Protected Areas
Alysia Brandenburg, Manager, Tourism Partnerships, Parks Victoria