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Tony Charters
Having taken ecotourism from a concept to a thriving industry in the 1990's, Australia is now shying away from the term, according to tourism industry professional, Mr. Tony Charters.

Convenor of the 2012 Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference for Ecotourism Australia, Mr. Charters said Australia is recognised globally as home to some of the world's most outstanding ecotourism products and we must ensure continuity across our promotional messages to international visitors.
"The Asia-Pacific region recognises Australia as the leader in ecotourism and has grasped the concept with both hands. We need to make sure that we don't walk away from the term just as the rest of the world discovers it."

"Maybe Australia needs to re-read the book on ecotourism – the book it wrote in the early 1990's".

This year 300+ national and international ecotourism experts will converge on Cairns, Queensland for the 20th Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference, 15-17 October 2012.

"With the focus on 'Optimising Eco Wonders' this is a unique opportunity for Australia to show to the world that we remain dedicated and committed to the concept of ecotourism" says Mr. Charters

The Global Eco Conference features a three-day interactive program incorporating the Asia-Pacific Tourism Forum and the Indigenous Tourism Forum, along with a wide range of networking opportunities to connect with other key players involved with ecotourism.

Full program details are available at

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