A global eco-tourism conference will be live streamed from the Bundaberg Region after Council was among the first to sign up as a satellite node for the event.
With the constraints on travel associated with COVID-19, the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference will for the first time offer a live streamed program from December 1-3.
In a mini-conference style event, Bundaberg will live stream the conference and tailor an onsite program to suit the region.
Keynote speakers together with local speakers, interactive session times and networking events are some of the Bundaberg Region program highlights.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was an exciting opportunity for the local tourism industry.
“Eco destination certification is an important goal the Bundaberg Region is working towards so it’s fantastic to have this opportunity to play this role in the Global Eco Conference,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“We are so blessed here in the Bundaberg Region with a wide variety of natural wonders which also means there are countless tourism operators and initiatives that would meet the requirements of being eco certified.
“As a satellite node all local operators and businesses now have this valuable opportunity to attend the global eco tourism conference free of charge.
“The conference is an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of eco tourism and how are local tourism industry can be best promoted as being authentic, sustainable and environmentally responsible.”
Bundaberg Regional Council was offered a spot as a satellite node for the global eco-tourism conference as an area currently seeking Eco Destination certification through Ecotourism Australia.
Ecotourism Australia holds internationally recognised guidelines for environmentally sustainable destinations.
The Eco Destination certification is designed to assure visitors that a destination is backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and is capable of delivering high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.
Bundaberg Regional Council has applied for Eco Destination certification and must now work through the assessment process of sustainability criteria.
As the region meets criteria it will gain points towards certification.
Interested businesses and tourism operators within the Bundaberg Region can register to take part in Bundaberg’s global eco tourism conference satellite node to learn more about certification here.
The theme for the 2020 Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference is: “Revolution, Driving Evolution”
Source: Bundaberg Now