Day 1: Monday, 26 November, 2018

  1. Registration 7:30am–5:00pm

  2. Opening Session 8:30am–9:45am

    8:30am–8:50am

    Welcome to Country

    8:50am–8:55am

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

    8:55am–9:20am

    Keynote Speaker
    Dr Claire Ellis, Deputy Chair, Ecotourism Australia

    9:20am–9:45am

    Keynote Speaker

  3. Inspire 9:45am–10:30am

    9:45am–10:30am

    Keynote Speaker
    Michael Groom, Renowned Adventurer and Mountain Climber

  4. Morning Tea 10:30am–11:00am

  5. Parallel Plenary Sessions 11:00am–12:30pm

    Session A:
    Ecotourism and the Great Barrier Reef

    11:00am–11:20am

    Keynote Speaker
    Dr Wendy Craik AM, Chair, Climate Change Authority

    11:20am–11:40am

    Keynote Speaker
    Senior Executive, GBRMPA

    11:40am–12:00pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Anna Marsden, Managing Director, Great Barrier Reef Foundation

    12:00pm–12:20pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Andy Ridley, Chief Executive Officer, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef

    12:20pm–12:30pm

    Q & A

    Session B:
    Ecotourism - Meeting the Market

    11:00am–11:25am

    Keynote Speaker
    Nithee Seeprae, Executive Director of Product Promotion Department, Tourism Authority of Thailand

    11:25am–11:50am

    Keynote Speaker
    Jeff Ellison, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Sealink

    11:50am–12:15pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Dana Nikanpour, Group Manager, Sales & Marketing, Northern Escape Collection

    12:15pm–12:30pm

    Q & A

  6. Lunch 12:30pm–1:30pm

  7. Parallel Plenary Sessions 1:30pm–3:00pm

    Session A:
    Ecotourism - Protected Areas and Overtourism

    1:30pm–1:55pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Anna Pollock, Founder, Conscious Travel, Canada

    1:55pm–2:20pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Prof. Ken Hughey, Professor, Department of Environmental Management, Lincoln University, New Zealand

    2:20pm–2:45pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Jason Jacobi, General Manager, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

    2:45pm–3:00pm

    Q & A

    Session B:
    Ecotourism and Philanthropy

    1:30pm–1:50pm

    Keynote Speaker

    1:50pm–2:10pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Amanda Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network

    2:10pm–2:40pm

    Panel Session

    • Ben O’Hara, General Manager, Land and Environment at Turner Family Foundation
    • Dana Nikanpour, Group Manager, Sales & Marketing, Northern Escape Collection
    • Darrell Wade, Intrepid Travel Co-founder and Intrepid Group Chairman
    2:40pm–3:00pm

    Keynote Speaker

  8. Afternoon Tea 3:00pm–3:30pm

  9. Parallel Plenary Sessions 3:30pm–5:00pm

    Session A:
    Heads of Agencies Forum

    3:30pm–3:50pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Leanne Coddington, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism and Events Queensland

    3:50pm–4:10pm

    Keynote Speaker

    4:10pm–4:30pm

    Keynote Speaker

    4:30pm–5:00pm

    Discussion

    Session B:
    Global and Regional Ecotourism

    3:30pm–3:50pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Kauahi Ngapora, General Manager, Kaikoura Whale Watch, New Zealand

    3:50pm–4:10pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Darrell Wade, Intrepid Travel Co-founder and Intrepid Group Chairman

    4:10pm–4:30pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Peter Gash, Managing Director, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

    4:30pm–4:50pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Ross McLennan, Owner, Hidden Valley Cabins

    4:50pm–5:00pm

    Q & A

  10. Welcome Cocktail Civic Reception 5:30pm–7:30pm

Day 2: Tuesday, 27 November, 2018

  1. Registration 7:30am–5:00pm

  2. Emerging Leaders in Ecotourism 8:30am–10:00am

    8:30am–8:55am

    Keynote Speaker
    Hon Kate Jones MP, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development (TBC)

    8:55am–9:20am

    Keynote Speaker
    Natalie Saunders, Director of Human Resources & Training, Cooee Traveller

    9:20am–9:45am

    Keynote Speaker

    9:45am–10:00am

    Q & A

  3. Ecotourism in Protected Areas 10:00am–10:25am

    10:00am–10:25am

    Keynote Speaker
    Hon Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for the Arts (TBC)

  4. Morning Tea 10:30am–11:00am

  5. Inspire 11:00am–11:25am

    11:00am–11:25am

    Keynote Speaker
    Molly Steer

  6. Indigenous Ecotourism 11:25am–12:30pm

    11:25am–11:50am

    Keynote Speaker
    Jacob Cassidy, Traditional Owner & Director, Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation

    11:50am–12:15pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Shirley Hollingsworth, General Manager, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
    Corinne Brimm, Deputy General Manager, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    12:15pm–12:30pm

    Q & A

  7. Lunch 12:30pm–1:30pm

  8. Parallel Workshop Sessions 1:30pm–5:00pm

    1:30pm–5:00pm

    Choose to attend one of the three workshops:

    • Ecotourism and Protected Areas
    • Ecolodge Design and Quality
    • Building Sustainable Destinations: a community based approach
  9. Ecotourism and Protected Areas 1:30pm–5:00pm

    Location

    TBC

    Description

    Coming soon.

    1:30pm–1:50pm

    Ecotourism in National Parks: what is leading practice?
    Laura Hahn, Conservation Officer, National Parks Association of Queensland
    Graeme Bartrim, President, National Parks Association of Queensland

    1:50pm–2:10pm

    Provision of Public Mooring Facilities to Support Coral Reef Conservation and Facilitate Sustainable Visitor Access: a case study of the Whitsundays
    Nicole Hitchcock, Senior Ranger, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

    2:10pm–2:30pm

    Identifying Experts’ Opinion on Conservation Behaviours Protecting the Great Barrier Reef
    Karen Hofman, PhD Student, University of Queensland

    2:30pm–2:50pm

    TBC

    2:50pm–3:00pm

    Discussion

    3:00pm–3:30pm

    Afternoon Tea

    3:30pm–5:00pm

    TBC

  10. Ecolodge Design and Quality 1:30pm–5:00pm

    Location

    TBC

    Description

    Coming soon.

    1:30pm–1:50pm

    It’s Time to Stand Out from the Crowd: let your buildings do the talking
    Daniel Smedley, Director and Architect, Studio S2 Architects

    1:50pm–2:10pm

    An Eye on the Future
    Matthew Flynn, Design Director, VIDA Planners and Landscape Architects
    Louise Custance, VIDA Planners and Landscape Architects

    2:10pm–2:30pm

    Ecolodge Design and Master Planning: where to start
    John Cameron B.Arch, FRAIA, Director, John Cameron Architects Pty Ltd

    2:30pm–3:00pm

    Discussion

    3:00pm–3:30pm

    Afternoon Tea

    3:30pm–3:50pm

    Thailand Tourism Awards
    Nithee Seeprae, Executive Director of Product Promotion Department, Tourism Authority of Thailand

    3:50pm–4:10pm

    State of Nature-based Tourism in Bhutan - A case Study of Ecotourism Project in Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary
    Kuenzang Tshering, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Officer
    Kezang Dema

    4:10pm–5:00pm

    Discussion

  11. Building Sustainable Destinations: a community based approach 1:30pm–5:00pm

    Location

    The workshop will follow a collective learning process to build capacity and collaboration in ecotourism - proudly hosted by Sustainable Townsville

    Description

    Coming soon.

    1:30pm–5:00pm

    TBC

  12. Conference Dinner

    7:30pm–10:30pm

    The Ville at Townsville

Day 3: Wednesday, 28 November, 2018

  1. Registration 7:30am–5:00pm

  2. Parallel Workshop Sessions 9:00am–12:30pm

    9:00am–12:30pm

    Choose to attend one of the three workshops:

    • Ecotourism and Conservation
    • Destination Development and Marketing
    • Evolving Ecotourism
  3. Ecotourism and Conservation 9:00am–12:30pm

    Location

    TBC

    Description

    Coming soon.

    9:00am–9:20am

    Conservation Tourism in Practice: invitation to an eradication event
    Darcelle Matassoni, Project Communications Coordinator, Lord Howe Island Board

    9:20am–9:40am

    Citizen Science in Tourism: Lord Howe Island
    Ian Hutton, Manager, Lord Howe Island Nature Tours

    9:40am–10:00am

    The Conservation Contributions of Ecotourism in Australia: how far we’ve come, and where to from here
    Cassandra Wardle, PhD Student, Griffith University

    10:00am–10:20am

    Nature in the Driver’s Seat: sustainable contributions to the visitor economy
    Chris Thomas, Parks and Partnerships Manager, Department for Environment and Water

    10:20am–10:30am

    Discussion

    10:30am–11:00am

    Morning Tea

    11:00am–11:20am

    Understanding Tourists’ Attitudes Toward Interventions for the Great Barrier Reef
    Prof Brent Ritchie, Professor, UQ Business School
    Dr Michelle Thompson, Lecturer - Tourism, Central Queensland University

    11:20am–11:40am

    Changes in the State of Great Barrier Reef Tourism from 2013 to 2017 and Challenges for its Future
    Dr Matt Curnock, Social Scientist, CSIRO

    11:40am–12:00pm

    Financing Clean Energy in Ecotourism and the Great Barrier Reef
    Tracey Lines, Director Reef Development, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

    12:00pm–12:30pm

    Discussion

  4. Destination Development and Marketing 9:00am–12:30pm

    Location

    TBC

    Description

    Coming soon.

    9:00am–9:20am

    Target Markets, Global Trends and what it all Means for Ecotourism
    Carl Solomon, Director, Destination Marketing Store
    Charlotte Prouse, Destination Marketing Store

    9:20am–9:40am

    Ecotourism: it’s everyone’s business
    Gary Kerr, Executive Officer, Douglas Shire Council
    Tara Bennett, Executive Officer, Tourism Port Douglas Daintree

    9:40am–10:00am

    Trade Marks and Intellectual Property: The Three Capes Experience
    Jen Fry, Manager, Visitor Strategy, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife

    10:00am–10:30am

    Discussion

    10:30am–11:00am

    Morning Tea

    11:00am–11:20am

    Full-Steam Ahead: tourism development in an environmentally sustainable way
    Sophie Teede, Operations Supervisor (Marine), Busselton Jetty Incorporated

    11:20am–11:40am

    Inclusive Access in Nature-Based Tourism Experiences
    Yvette Eglinton, Senior Project Officer, Environmental Science and Information Unit, Department for Environment and Water

    11:40am–12:00pm

    Ecotourism: a sustainable prospective
    Dr Jitendra GC, Executive Chairperson, Sajha Foundation
    Maya Tamang, PhD Pursuant, MSc Environmental Science, Working with Ministry of Environment

    12:00pm–12:30pm

    Discussion

  5. Evolving Ecotourism 9:00am–12:30pm

    Location

    TBC

    Description

    Coming soon.

    9:00am–9:20am

    From Nature-Based Tourism to Nature-Based Solutions: towards a new era in ecotourism
    Leonie Bowles, Associate Lecturer, University of Queensland
    Dr Anna Phelan, Research Fellow, UQ Business School

    9:20am–9:40am

    TBC

    9:40am–10:00am

    Ecotourism and Nature Play: because no one ever remembered their best day of television
    Innes Larkin, Owner, Mt Barney Lodge

    10:00am–10:20am

    TBC

    10:20am–10:30am

    Discussion

    10:30am–11:00am

    Morning Tea

    11:00am–11:20am

    Keeping up with the Times: the evolution of experience development and delivery in Seal Bay Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
    Alana Binns, Site Manager, Seal Bay Conservation Park, Department for Environment and Water
    Melanie Stonill, Seal Bay Conservation Park, Department for Environment and Water

    11:20am–11:40am

    Community Mangrove Ecotourism: climate change adaptation and risk reduction measure
    Violeta Imperial, Founder/CSR Provider, Nature Awareness and Conservation Club, Inc

    11:40am–12:00pm

    Planetary Reflections
    Marnie Ogg, Director, Travel Ogg Pty Ltd

    12:00pm–12:30pm

    Discussion

  6. Lunch 12:30pm–1:30pm

  7. Parallel Plenary Sessions 1:30pm–3:00pm

    Session A:
    Ecotourism in Protected Areas

    1:30pm–1:55pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Katherine Zischka, Director, Australian Committee for IUCN Inc.

    1:55pm–2:20pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Lizzie Corke, Chief Executive Officer, Conservation Ecology Centre

    2:20pm–2:45pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Andrew Flannery, Eco-Active Business Leader, Spicers Group & Turner Family Foundation

    2:45pm–3:00pm

    Q & A

    Session B:
    Ecotourism Destinations

    1:30pm–1:55pm

    Keynote Speaker

    1:55pm–2:20pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Deborah Dickson-Smith, Travel Writer and Co-Founder of Diveplanit Travel

    2:20pm–2:45pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Albert Teo, Managing Director, Borneo Eco Tour, Malaysia

    2:45pm–3:00pm

    Q & A

  8. Afternoon Tea 3:00pm–3:30pm

  9. Inspire 3:30pm–3:55pm

    3:30pm–3:55pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Darren Jew, Wildlife Photographer

  10. Innovation and Ecotourism Futures 3:55pm–4:45pm

    3:55pm–4:20pm

    Keynote Speaker

    4:20pm–4:45pm

    Keynote Speaker
    Jason deCaires Taylor, Sculptor, Environmentalist and Professional Underwater Photographer, United Kingdom

  11. Closing 4:45pm–5:00pm

    4:45pm–5:00pm

    Announcement of 2019 Conference Host & Close

Thursday 29 November

  1. Ecotourism and Reef Management Technical Tour

    8:30am - 4:30pm

    Ecotourism and Reef Management Technical Tour