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Leading ecotourism businesses inducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame

Leading ecotourism businesses inducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame
November 25, 2020

In recognition for having been ECO certified for 20 years, ten of Australia’s leading nature-based tourism businesses were inducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame this month.

The new inductees join 25 other ecotourism businesses in the Hall of Fame.

Ecotourism Australia Chief Executive, Rod Hillman acknowledged this year’s awardees as some of Australia’s leading operators in ecotourism noting “their longevity and continued success, particularly in light of unprecedented industry challenges, is testament to their innovative spirits, continued commitment to sustainable business practices, and dedication to benefiting the communities and environments in which they operate.”

Hall of Fame business Cruise Maroochy owners, Kate and Denis Poynton proudly referred to their 20 years of ECO certification as a ‘badge of honour’ advising “while 2020 has been  hard, we are now busy introducing brand new ECO cruises to a captivated domestic market,” and emphasising the importance of Cruise Maroochy’s ECO certification in proving quality and authenticity to locals and travellers alike.

Moonshadow Cruises Business Operations Manager, James Mcarthur highlighted the importance of their ecotourism credentials noting “the public have become so much more aware and informed on environmental issues and it is a privilege to be able to educate people through ecotourism.

“The desire for more nature-based products has increased exponentially over the years and I believe it will continue to become more prominent in the future. We look forward to being a part of that growth.”

When asked how their business values align with their ECO certification, Araucaria Ecotours owner Ronda Green highlighted “nature appreciation, education, conservation, and the protection of biodiversity” as primary business motives.

Green is excited by emerging opportunities in the industry and commented that “in addition to our original tours we plan to diversify our business, emphasising education, nature activities, and study camps for amateur naturalists.”

Ecotourism Australia’s 2020 Hall of Fame entrants include:

•    Araucaria Ecotours (QLD) 

•    Broken River Mountain Resort (QLD) 

•    Capricorn Caves (QLD) 

•    Cruise Maroochy Eco Tours (QLD) 

•    Daintree River Cruise Centre (QLD) 

•    Imagine Cruises - Port Stephens (NSW)

•    Kingfisher Cruises (VIC) 

•    Moonshadow Cruises – TQC (NSW) 

•    Sailaway (QLD) 

•    Tread Lightly Eco Tours (NSW) 

Image top courtesy of Moonshadow Cruises – TQC (NSW) 

Image centre courtesy of Capricorn Caves (QLD) 

Image above courtesy of Tread Lightly Eco Tours (NSW)

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