The Bundaberg Region has been selected to host the annual ECO Think Destination Forum to be held just months after it secured ECO Destination Certification.
The three-day forum will be held from 28 to 30 March 2023, presented by Ecotourism Australia and hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council.
The ECO Think Destination Forum is open to a wide variety of destination stakeholders including but not exclusive to, representatives from local councils and tourism organisations, Federal, State and Regional Tourism Organisations, National Parks and Forestry, First Nations organisations, tourism marketing specialists and other destination management organisations.
Attendees will hear from and network with a variety of sustainability specialists who are paving the way in eco and sustainable destination management.
It will be an opportunity to learn about best practice sustainable and ecotourism destination management, network with destination stakeholders, discover what it means to be an Ecotourism Australia certified destination, and explore ways to engage your local industry in sustainable tourism practices.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was a coup for the Bundaberg Region to secure the Eco Think Destination Forum.
“As a newly certified ECO Destination this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what our region has to offer to other regions and industry representatives committed to sustainability,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“It will also prove a great opportunity for our local operators to network with the nation’s leaders within the ecotourism industry.”
Ecotourism Australia CEO Elissa Keenan said the forum was a great opportunity for anyone interested in best-practice sustainable tourism.
“As more and more regions strive to make sustainable tourism part of their destination story, certified ECO Destination Bundaberg makes the perfect backdrop to host the ECO Think Destination Forum,” Ms Keenan said.
“The ECO Think Destination Forum’s theme, ‘Sustainability is a journey,’ will explore solutions-based approaches to challenges and opportunities facing destination managers, which the Bundaberg region has demonstrated at a global best practice standard through ECO Destination Certification.”
Attend the 2023 ECO Think Destination Forum
When: Tuesday 28 March to Thursday 30 March
Where: Bundaberg Multiplex
Register with Ecotourism Australia here.