Wildlife Tourism Conference, Tasmania, October 2018

“Wildlife Tourism values and challenges:

Balancing the needs of wildlife, tourists, operators and residents”

What do we already know?  What do we need to know?

It is often a delicate balance. Animals have physical and emotional needs, which may be compatible with human activity or may be at odds, to various degrees, ranging from mild and temporary irritation no worse than any natural event to life-threatening (e.g. penguins disturbed enough to expose their eggs to freezing temperatures). How close can we get to certain animals without disturbing them? How do we know if they are mildly disturbed or seriously so? How does this differ between species? Between individuals within a species? How much space do captive animals need? How best to we spare them from boredom? How much socialising do they need? What kind of noises stress them? Do they mind being handled or interacted with? Many tourists want reliable sightings, close views and good photos. Sometimes this is easy, sometimes not. To what extent can we intrude on an animal’s private life for close encounters without unduly disturbing it? How do operators delight their tourists while not infringing on animal welfare and biodiversity conservation? How can wildlife tourism benefit a regional area but not bring problems of ‘over-tourism?

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 oral papers has now closed. You may still present poster paper. CLICK HERE!

 

 

Registration is open. CLICK HERE!

Earlybird registration discount ends 15th June

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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)

For details, please visit:

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

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

       Planeta.com   

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 conference specials

 

Aspect Tamar Valley, Launceston

Cradle Mountain Hotel