2001 Sustainable Wildlife Tourism Convention
The Sustainable Wildlife Tourism Convention was held at the Wrest Point Convention Centre in Hobart, Tasmania.
A reception on Sunday 28th October 2001 welcomed all delegates, followed by concurrent presentations on Monday 29th and workshops and a closing session on Tuesday 30th October.
Australia’s first national convention to explore the future of wildlife tourism was held in Hobart, Tasmania on 28-30 October 2001, jointly hosted by the CRC for Sustainable Tourism and Tourism Tasmania. The conference brought together a wide range of stakeholders including operators, government and academics, and led to recommendations towards a sustainable future for Australian wildlife tourism.
A total of 141 delegates were officially registered, in addition to a number of guests. The delegates consisted of tourism operators (22%), government conservation agency staff (22%), government tourism agency staff (6%), academics and students (39%) and representatives of a variety of other conservation and tourism-related groups.
There was strong media interest in the conference, with 13 news items appearing in newspapers, radio and TV around Australia.
Program of Events
The formal proceedings consisted of 5 keynote presentations (including 3 international speakers), 58 concurrent presentations, and a set of workshops and a plenary session designed to generate recommendations and initiate further action. In addition there were a series of field trips showcasing Tasmanian wildlife tourism, and a conference dinner held at Mt Field National Park.
An optional workshop on the development of a Wildlife Tourism Website was held on the Tuesday afternoon at the University of Tasmania.
The presentations were arranged under four themes:
- Industry Planning and Development
- Managing Environmental Impacts
- Integrating Wildlife Tourism and Conservation
- Products and Markets
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Sustainable Wildlife Tourism Convention Presentations
Summary of Proceedings
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The following recommendations for the future of wildlife tourism in Australia were generated through the workshop and plenary processes, and were supported by the vast majority of delegates. A number of mechanisms to achieve these objectives were also discussed.
It was recommended that the overall goal of planning and development in relation to wildlife tourism in Australia should be to develop a ‘strong diverse industry which supports biodiversity conservation’.
The recommended priority objectives to be addressed were as follows:
- Build coordination and communication channels between wildlife tourism stakeholders
- Enhance development of wildlife tourism businesses
- Ensure adequate funding of relevant authorities/ interested parties to ensure management of acceptable (priority) environmental impacts (and identification of unacceptable impacts)
- Identify, evaluate and monitor activities and environmental impacts associated with wildlife tourism on the environment
- Improve awareness and understanding of domestic legislation and regulation; treaties and conventions; guidelines; standards; codes of conduct and ethics dealing with the environmental impacts of wildlife tourism
- Strategically increase links between wildlife tourism and conservation
- Improve conservation-related education
- Assess product quality
- Develop excellent guides
- Obtain knowledge of, and meet consumer expectations
Further Actions to progress recommendations
A working group was formed consisting of 27 of the delegates. This group is to work on progressing the above recommendations. This will include sending letters and seeking audiences with government representatives, and developing practical action plans.
Delegates supported the idea of holding another wildlife tourism conference in approximately two years time.