#WildlifeTourismAustralia is the Hashtag: #WildlifeTourism2015 Wildlife Tourism Conference in Geelong, Victoria, Australia Organised by @wildlife_aus

Wildlife Tourism Australia 2015 Conference

related: wta, wildlife, wildoz
hashtag: #WildlifeTourism2015

September 29 - October 2 Wildlife Tourism: a Force for Biodiversity Conservation and Local Economies? Geelong, Victoria
Conference Program
Information for Delegates
Keynote Speakers
Our Sponsors
Field Trips and Social
Who should attend
Exhibitors/trade displays
“Born Free*” (Not): Releasing wildlife tourism’s economic potential - Chris Warren

Organised by
@RondaJGreen @EchidnaW @MareeTreadwellK

http://environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/commissioner - @TSCommissioner
http://www.chriswarrenonline.com.au/blog/guest-experiences/wildlife-tourism-contributing-social-change - @ChrisWarrenRT
http://janet-rice.greensmps.org.au - @janet_rice


Geelong (Local Experts)
@MercureGeelong @BE_Geelong @GeelongBella @Comm4Geelong @GeelongChamber @Geelong_Mayor @CadelRoadRace @CentralGeelong @GreaterGeelong


October 20 Recapping Australia's #WildlifeTourism2015 Conference
Our upcoming hangout recaps the recent #WildlifeTourism2015 conference hosted by Wildlife Tourism Australia Inc.
Starting time: Tuesday, Oct 20: 930am Brisbane, 1030am Sydney and Monday, Oct 19: 430pm Las Vegas, 730pm NYC

Related Hangouts
March 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZNco-iIxPg
May 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thRV7MEXcsc


Question: How has wildlife tourism in Australia changed in the past 20 years?

Question: What's on the wishlist of wildlife tourism operators in Australia?

Question: What are Australian examples of tourism services which are a force for biodiversity conservation and local economies?

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Program(Please note there may be minor alterations)
Coloured titles below link to abstracts Keynote Speaker names link to bios

Wednesday 30 September: International Aspects

10.15 to 11.00 am – morning tea, networking and viewing of posters and displays
12.30 to 2.00 pm – lunch, networking and viewing of posters and displays
Contributed papers: international aspects
3.45 to 4.15pm afternoon tea, networking and viewing of posters and displays
4.15 pm – Round Table discussion:“International wildlife travels: opportunities” What are the main wildlife features attracting Australia to other countries and vice versa? What lesser known wildlife and regions could be better promoted?
4.45 pm – Round Table discussion:“International wildlife travels: challenges” What are some of the problems involved in opening up new regions to tourism? (e.g. access and facilities for tourists, increasing pressure on natural resources, changes to local lifestyle, illegal wildlife trade) and how can these be tackled by the tourism industry and governments?
5.30 pm – Skype Presentation “Wildlife tours to save nature – What can Australia learn from Sweden?”Marcus Eldh,Wild Sweden
6.00pm Close – Those who have booked the optional Mt Rothwell guided spotlight walk and bbq dinner will leave venue (optional field trip extra cost)

Thursday 1 October: Value of Wildlife Tourism to Biodiversity and Conservation

  • 8.50am – Announcements, general information for delegates – Ronda Green and Roger Smith
  • 9.00am – “Nature-based tourism – the political perspective” Senator Janet Rice, Keynote speaker
Contributed papers: How can wildlife tourism contribute to biodiversity conservation?
10.30 to 11.15 am – morning tea, networking and viewing of posters and displays
12.45 to 2.15 pm lunch, networking and viewing of posters and displays
2.30 pm – Round Table Discussion: “Citizen Science by tourists” How do we assure valid and useful data are collected? How do we assign different tourists to different tasks? How useful are bio-blitzes and how do we involved tourists in them? How can we improve WTA’s research network?
3.15 pm – Round Table Discussion: “Making a difference (wildlife tourism enhancing conservation)” What more can wildlife tourism do to enhance biodiversity conservation? What can large operators and micro-businesses do? What can tourism organizations and government departments do? What are some of the obstacles to emulating success stories elsewhere, and how do we overcome them?
4.15 to 4.45 pm afternoon tea, networking and viewing of posters and displays
4.45 pm – Round Table Discussion: “Up close and personal? Human-wildlife interactions?” How close should we get, both in the wild and in captivity? What do already know and what do we need to know to assess what kinds of interaction are acceptable in terms of both animal welfare and conservation? What do we know and what do we need to know about interactions with animals leading to support for their conservation?
5.30 pm Close sessions
5.45pm – Some will drive or walk to Eastern Park to see the Grey Headed Flying Foxes leave their roost

Friday 2 October: the value of wildlife tourism to local economies

7.15am – 8.30am Wildlife Tourism Australia Annual General Meeting in Terrace Room at Mercure. AGM starting at 7.45am. You can bring your breakfast to the room and network from 7.15am.
Contributed papers: How can wildlife tourism contribute to local communities?
10.15 am to 11.oo am morning tea, networking and viewing of posters and displays
12.45 – 1.45 pm lunch, networking and viewing of posters and displays
1.45 pm – Round Table Discussion: “Solving human:wildlife conflicts with wildlife tourism” What are the real wildlife problems that people face (danger to crops, human safety, limited access to protected and private areas etc.)? What problems may be exaggerated? How do we get accurate information to all stakeholders (local residents, politicians, tourism operations, NGO’s)? How can wildlife tourism contribute to solving the problems?
2.30 pm – 3.00 pm – Skype presentation “How wildlife tourism can benefit the local communities living with wildlife in Kenya” Daniel Sambu and Paul Sadera from Kenya
3.00 pm – Final Plenary Discussion “Where do we go from here?” General summary of conference and voting on priority actions. Suggested actions to follow the conference: lobbying of governments, information to be sent to tourism organisations, travel agents, tourism operations (wildlife or other), new projects, research priorities etc.
4.00pm – Close of conference and final Afternoon tea, networking and viewing of posters and displays

Post-conference field trips –

more information and more to come

Saturday 3 October

  • Koala Conservation Day in the You Yangs Regional Park

Sunday 4 October

  • Venus Bay Ecolodge 2.30pm afternoon guided walk and refreshments
  • Lantern-lit evening tour – Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Pearcedale
  • Wildlife Journey – 4 days in the wilderness coast of far East Gippsland – with Echidna Walkabout
** can be another time perhaps combined with a Phillip Island or Wilsons Promontory trip