Wildlife Tourism Conference, Tasmania, October 2018

Wildlife Tourism values and challenges:

Balancing the needs of wildlife, tourists, operators and residents

Young wild wombat near Cradle Mountain Hotel

Australia’s 5th national conference on wildlife tourism, combining the latest research the practical experience of guides, managers etc.

Venue: Launceston and Cradle Mountain,Tasmania. See spectacular scenery and local wildlife, setting the scene for a variety of important discussions.

Date:  28-31 October 2018

Call for papers is now open. CLICK HERE!

Registration is now also open

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Themes will include 

  • the needs of wildlife (both captive and wild: including how do we determine what really matters to the individual animal, and how can tourism operations best support conservation, how tourism helps and hinders wildlife trafficking)
  • the needs, expectations and attitudes of tourists (and the effects of good interpretation in providing wonderful wildlife experience with minimal negative impact)
  • the needs of tour operators (including large, small and micro- businesses, and from major tourism centres to far-flung regional areas)
  • the needs of local residents (economic benefits to local businesses, facilities used by locals and tourists, human-wildlife conflicts, resident-tourist conflicts)

… and of course balancing all of these needs (for more detail on themes and sub themes  visit Conference themes)

Please visit: Conference themes       Conference venues     Program       Sponsors and other supporters     Registration (Extra-earlybird discount closes end of February  2018)

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Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Photo supplied by Business Events Tourism. The bulk of our conference will be held at Cradle Mountain, not just because it is such spectacular and enjoyable place but also because delegates can explore both wilderness and captive wildlife close to the venue, providing much background for many discussions.


Thanks to our supporters and sponsors:

Wildways, Araucaria Ecotours, Business Events Tasmania, Planeta.com, Moonlit Sanctuary, Coral Expeditions


Like to be a sponsor?  Please visit our conference sponsor page

Information will progressively appear on the following pages:

Also see a  conversation with Ron Mader (planeta.com) about the conference (recorded in October 2017): http://planeta.com/1710wta/

Who should attend?

  • tour operators, tourism organisations
  • national parks staff, other government
  • academic researchers and students
  • conservation managers, NGOs and anyone else with an interest in the topic


Photo courtesy Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Exploring Tasmania and its wildlife

Tasmania is a diverse and very scenic Island, with rugged mountain scenery, many kinds of forests, magnificent bursts of wildlowers in the spring, and some wonderful wild coastlines, seals, penguins, wombats, echidnas and  species found nowhere else in the wild such as the yellow wattlebird,forty-spotted pardalote, eastern quoll and of course the Tasmania devil.

Several WTA members are offering some great discounts to enable you to explore this very scenic and species-rich before and after the conference (details may change so please stay tuned).  Please click here for wildlife tourism conference tours in Tasmania


Many thanks to our sponsors and supporters

Business Events Tourism, Wildways Tours, Planeta.com, Araucaria Ecotours, Moonlit Sanctuary. Coral Expeditions. See our sponsorship page for further details

Become a sponsor (even a small amount is very much appreciated)

Aspect Tamar Valley, Launceston

Cradle Mountain Hotel