News and coming events



Tropical Tourism Outlook Conference: 

Nature, Culture and Networking for Sustainable Tourism
 8 to 10 August 2014, Dambulla – Kandalama. Sri Lanka

Bird Fair, Sydney

25-26 October, 2014
Australia’ very first national bird fair: activities, expert speakers, bird-watching equipment and more

Forest Weekend |O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park

October 31-November 2,  2014
Join our visiting experts for an insight into the complex world of the Rainforest. Often combined with the following weeks ‘Bird Week’ this weekend is suited to all those interested in the flora of the region from novice botanists, students or those that just enjoy being involved and learning about the natural environment.

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37th Annual Bird Week |O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park

November 2-9 2014
Australia’s leading birding event offers ample opportunities to visit all the hot spots and uncover the special birds of Lamington National Park. Guest speakers include international author, naturalist and television producer Stephen Moss as well as local guides Tim O’Reilly, Glen Threlfo, Ian Gynther, Bill McDonald and Duncan Fowler.

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Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop 11th November Sydney

Informal workshop (members and nonmembers welcome) to discuss wildlife-realted aspects of tourism in protected areas, in preparation for the World Parks Congress. Topics discussed will include  minimal-impact wildlife viewing (including use of new technology), tour operators assisting with research or conservation monitoring, research that is needed on tourism effects on wildlife and their habitats.

World Parks Congress, Sydney, New South Wales,  12-19 November 2014

World Parks Congress

This event, run by the international Union for Conservation of Nature,  only happens once every ten years!  It’s a great opportunity for Australians to attend (and a great excuse for others to decide this is the year to visit Australia)

From their website:

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.


Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop 25th November Perth

Informal workshop (members and nonmembers welcome) to discuss wildlife-realted aspects of tourism relating to Australasia and Asia, just prior to the ITSA conference
Details TBA
ITSA, Perth, Western Australia,  26-29 November 2014

International Tourism Studies Association Conference 

Many wildlife-related topics will be discussed, from Australian and Asian perspectives.

Download the flyer: ITSA_Flyer   (7Mb)

Also consider the possibility of sponsorship or a display: FINAL – ITSA_Prospectus-print (7.7mb)


Wildlife Week |O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park

January 19-23 2015
Join the likes of Dr. Ian Gynther, Senior Conservation Officer with the Threatened Species Branch of Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), for an exciting week of tracking, trapping and sneaking up on wildlife all in the name of conservation.

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