Tony Charters and Associates

Edition 106 - November 2016

Circulated to 10,000 Professionals Worldwide


Register Now for Global Eco - Last Days!

In a little over one week, delegates from across the world will descend on Hobart to attend the Global Eco Asia-Pacific conference being held at the iconic MONA museum in Hobart.

Speakers from 15 nations will explore the theme of Innovation and Excellence as Ecotourism Australia celebrates its 25th Anniversary and looks to set the agenda for ecotourism for the next quarter century.

Global Eco uniquely brings together leading operators, protected area managers, indigenous bodies and tourism agencies to forge new partnerships grow ecotourism
“Ecotourism, once seen as a small niche of tourism, now represents 25% of the Australian industry - that's not niche - it's mainstream,” said Global Eco Convenor Tony Charters AM.

Ecotourism offers higher yields than many other forms of tourism while focusing on sustainability.
 “Our Day three workshop program will really drill down to highly applied topics such as creating walking destinations, contributing to Australia's marine reserve tourism program, geotourism, and developing a new national strategy for ecotourism'.”

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Fishy Selfies

Greening Australia has launched a new campaign to help save the Great Barrier Reef. Visitors can snap their best ‘fishface’ selfie to win a trip for a family of four including flights, five nights’ accommodation in a five-star hotel and day trip to the outer reef to check out the largest natural wonder of the world.

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A Pioneer in Sustainable Tourism

Hitesh Mehta is one of the world’s leading authorities, practitioners and researchers on sustainable tourism, ecotourism physical planning and the landscape and architectural aspects of ecolodges. Hitesh is a keynote at the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 21-23 November, Hobart, TAS.

In 2015, Hitesh was the recipient of United Nations (UNEP/GFHS) ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ for his work with alleviating poverty and protecting sensitive ecosystems. Hitesh’s firm HM Design is currently working on environmentally and socially friendly projects around the world. Hitesh has vast experience in protected area physical planning and has worked on Sustainable Tourism Plans that protect the last remaining endangered habitats.

Hitesh conducts one-of-kind Ecolodge Planning and Design workshops around the world. At the Global Eco conference, he will be running the ecology design component at the workshop on ‘Creating a Walking Destination – The Walking Experience of the Three Capes Track.’

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Banubanu - It’s more than a retreat; it’s an investment in your soul

Helen Martin is the Co-Founder of Banubanu Wilderness Retreat, an eco-friendly resort off the coast of Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land. An Arrente woman from Alice Springs, Helen worked with indigenous communities in the Northern Territory for 17 years before launching Banubanu with her husband in 2005.

Helen was the first Indigenous person to be named a finalist in the Entrepreneur Category of the NT Telstra Women’s Business Awards in 2015. She is the Chair of the Northern Territory Indigenous Tourism Advisory Council and a Tourism Champion under the former Tourism Australia/IBA Indigenous Tourism Champions Program. Helen is a keynote speaker at the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 21-23 November, Hobart, Tasmania.

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An Unwavering Champion of Indigenous Voices, Land Rights and Justice

Vince Coulthard is the CEO of Adnyamathanha Traditional Land Association. He is an Adnyamathanha man born at Leigh Creek. He grew up at Nepabunna, a small remote community in the Flinders Ranges and has worked for government and private enterprise and is a Director of Umeewarra Media.

Vince is very passionate about Aboriginal culture, land and people and has made a lifelong commitment to protecting and preserving Aboriginal cultures, languages and striving for better outcomes for Aboriginal people. Vince is a keynote at the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 21-23 November in Hobart, Tasmania.

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Facial Recognition Holiday

A campaign created by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Expedia Media Solutions is using facial recognition technology to analyse expressions of travellers’ faces while watching footage of the Hawaiian Islands. This is the first time Expedia Media Solutions has used facial recognition to target millennials a growing visitor demographic for Hawaii. The Hawaii Tourism Authority will market the year-long campaign on social media and a dedicated microsite.

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Frequent Accommodation

Qantas and Airbnb have partnered to reward Qantas Frequent Flyer's 11.4 million members the opportunity to earn one Qantas Point for every dollar they spend on any of Airbnb's 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries. This is the first time Airbnb has worked with an airline to reward Frequent Flyer members and fits a new strategic approach by Qantas to partner with innovative digital businesses.

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Micro Accommodation

A new bed ‘micro accommodation’ concept has been launched by tourism operator Jucy to help relieve the chronic room shortage in Christchurch. The new short stay pods offer low cost accommodation close to the airport with tourists able to stay for short periods between international flights or overnight. The self-contained accommodation feature beds, storage lockers, a power supply and Wi-Fi connectivity. Plans are underway to roll out the Jucy Snooze concept in other locations across New Zealand and Australia.

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Not Just A Hotel

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched a new campaign to celebrate its reinvention and recent re-branding. The ‘It’s Not Just a Hotel’ campaign will include digital media, eight weekend prizes for two and bonus points loyalty members on bookings. Best Western has a modern portfolio of 150 properties across Australia, New Zealand the South Pacific including Best Western Premier, Best Western Plus and Best Western, GLō, Executive Residency and BW Premier Collection).

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Wheelmap is a crowdsourced map of accessible destinations and facilities around the world. Since its launch 6 years ago, volunteers have marked nearly 700,000 places on the map with approximately 500 newly marked places added every day. Tourism companies can mark their own locations on the online map according to their wheelchair accessibility including restaurants, museums, cafés or tourist attractions.

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Ecotourism Development Toolkit

The Queensland Government have created an Ecotourism Development Toolkit to support tourism operators in delivering new experiences. The toolkit guides potential ecotourism developers and investors through the ecotourism development process from planning and regulatory approvals to site selection and environmental sensitivity.

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Working Holiday Maker

Tourism Australia has launched a global campaign targeting the youth market which will encourage Working Holiday Makers to travel to Australia from the UK and other key markets over the next six to 12 months. Tourism Australia is expected to receive an additional $10 million in Government funding over the next three years for a range of Government initiatives targeting working holiday makers.

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Just Another Day

Tourism Western Australia has launched its latest tourism marketing campaign to bring to life the unique, personal experiences visitors can expect on any given day in Western Australia. The ‘Just Another Day in Western Australia’ promotes the State as a vacation destination calling on visitors and local residents to share their extraordinary moments using the hashtag #justanotherdayinWA.

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Layby Travel

LayAway Travel is the only layby travel specialist in Australia to offer pre-packaged or design your own holidays which can be booked up to 24 months in advance, with no deposit, interest or fees. It was established by travel professionals who wanted to challenge the traditional method of booking and paying for travel. The Founder is Andrew Paykel from Fisher & Paykel Appliances, who after 20 years decided to start up his own venture.

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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

The 61 kilometre Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail has opened to hikers in South Australia. Stretching along the island’s south-western coastline and through the Flinders Chase National Park, this new five-day walk provides access to areas of bushland not previously accessible.

Further information: http://www.kangarooislandwildernesstrail

Batavia National Park

The Abrolhos Islands are to be included in a new national park comprising more than 120 coral cays scattered across 100 kilometres of the Indian Ocean west of Geraldton in Western Australia. In addition to diving, fishing and whale watching, the Abrolhos are the site of several shipwrecks including the Batavia.

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Dolphin Discovery Centre

The final design of the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre upgrade has been revealed with work due to start early 2017. The first stage will include an expanded interpretative experience with more aquarium space, interactive exhibits, cafe, function rooms and visitor information space.

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Adventure Travel Conservation Fund

The Adventure Travel Conservation Fund is a new not-for-profit organisation that will provide funding for international grassroots projects that align conserving the unique natural and cultural resources of adventure travel destinations. Types of organisations who are awarded funding may include conservation groups, indigenous people groups, tour operators, accommodations and other

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Jane Goodall Collection by G Adventures

G Adventures, the world's leading small-group adventure tour operator, has announced a new partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute to develop a program of 20 wildlife trips. The Jane Goodall Collection by G Adventures will help raise awareness for the Jane Goodall Institute which supports research into the behaviour of wild chimpanzees, and community-based conservation programs that protect chimpanzees and their forest environment.

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Adventure Tourism Development Index

The Adventure Tourism Development Index is an annual ranking from the Adventure Travel Trade Association and The George Washington University that assesses competitiveness of countries around the globe. It incorporates data from a wide diversity of sources including GDP, population density statistics, protected areas, Environmental Performance Index, World Resources Institute, Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Warnings, and industry experts.

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Work Martyrs

A new study by Project Time Off has found that millennials lead the workplace as so-called ‘work martyrs’ who are unwilling to take their vacation days each year because of a focus on prizing work hours over true productivity. The Work Martyr’s Cautionary Tale report highlights the top challenges workers find relating to taking time off including personal uncertainty or concerns about personal responsibility and insecurity than older age groups.

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Mobile Travel Tracker Study

Almost one-third of consumers book their trips via their mobile devices according to a Mobile Travel Tracker study produced by, which examined the impact of mobiles on travellers' booking and travel behaviours. The study of 9,200 travellers across 31 countries looked at factors influencing booking, last-minute booking behaviour and the unusual situations in which hotels
were booked.

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Ecotourism Strategy

The Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2016-2020 has been launched by the Queensland Government to support growth, jobs and world-class experiences in the sector. The whole of government plan led by the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing was developed in partnership with the tourism industry, traditional owners, conservation and research sectors and the community.

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Tourism Action Plan

The United Kingdom has launched a Tourism Action Plan to ensure the continued success of the UK’s most important industries. The report outlines how the Government will be supporting the tourism industry and ensuring the benefits of tourism will be felt across the United Kingdom.

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Regional Partnership

Australia’s South West and the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage collaboration, reduce duplication and use resources more efficiently. The regional and local bodies will work together on airport development and interstate marketing in partnership with Tourism Western Australia and other key stakeholders.

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Take Part in Shaping Sustainable Tourism Future

Applications are open for the 2017 World Travel and Tourism Council Tourism for Tomorrow Awards that are open to anyone working towards a more responsible, sustainable tourism industry across five categories - Environment, Community, People, Innovation and Destination. Applications close 14th November 2016.

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Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference

Ecotourism Australia is staging the 24th Global Eco Asia-Pacific conference at the award winning MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart. The world’s leading ecotourism conference is being held 21-23 November 2016. The conference will celebrate 25 years of Ecotourism Australia and 20 years of Eco Certification.

It’s no coincidence that Global Eco attracts the world's leading ecotourism operators, protected area managers and tourism professionals.

This year the theme is Ecotourism: Fostering Innovation – Sustaining Excellence - pushing the boundaries to provide travellers with outstanding tourism experiences in a way that respects the environment, the local community and the culture of the destination.

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PATA Tourism New Frontier Forum

The PATA Tourism New Frontier Forum will be held at the Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa in Bangladesh from 23 - 25 November 2016. The conference theme is ‘Designing a sustainable tourism brand - an integrative approach to building a responsible coastal destination.’

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International Aboriginal Tourism Conference

The fifth International Aboriginal Tourism Conference will be held in Sydney, Nova Scotia from 12 - 14 December 2016. The three-day event is organised by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada and will offer workshops on experience development, industry research, marketing strategies and growing local capacity for First Nations communities.

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