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Wildlife Interpretation Workshop July 2017

Venue:Summit Rainforest Retreat and boutique conference centre, Atherton Tableland (Far North Queensland)

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Date: 10-11 July

Tube-nosed Bat, Tolga

Following on from our very successful workshop at Binna Burra, southeast Queensland, last year run by Betty Weiler and Rosemary Black, which dealt with face-to-face guiding, this workshop will briefly review the outcomes of that workshop and then consider other forms of interpretation (self-guided nature trail brochures, signage, apps etc.)

There will be a field trip to the Tolga Bat Hospital, which combines wildlife tourism, volunteer tourism and of course bat care. There are other exciting experiences you can enjoy before or after the workshop on Atherton Tableland, the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Keynote presenters:

  • Professor Betty Weiler (pictured, right)
  • Professor Gianna Moscardo

Betty Weiler, speaking as keynote at a WTA event in NSW in 2015Betty has worked in Canada and Australia (and elsewhere) on interpretive tourism for many decades and is author of over 150 publications on the topic. The Southern Cross University, where she is currently employed, states: Within Australia, Betty is particularly well known for her contribution to visitor management and communication in protected areas, zoos and heritage attractions, and more recently on research aimed at influencing visitors’ on-site and post-visit behaviour.  For a list of publications please see:

Gianna Moscardo (James Cook University) was the Tourism Research project leader for the CRC Reef Research for eight years. Her qualifications in applied psychology and sociology support her research interests in understanding how communities and organisations perceive, plan for, and manage tourism development opportunities and how tourists learn about and from their travel experiences.  She has published extensively on tourism and related areas with more than 170 refereed papers or book chapters, and has been invited to speak on issues related to tourism in New Zealand, South Africa, Botswana, Italy, Finland and the United States. For a list of Gianna’s publications, please see:

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