The proposal was made at
Ecotourism NZ Conference to conduct an online dialogue about
ecotourism challenges in New Zealand and Australia.
The Ecotourism Challenges in New Zealand and Australia Dialogue
highlighted ways to green the tourism industry and was quite popular.
As of July 2008 the forum had been viewed more than 20,000 times
and more than 100 photos were uploaded to the gallery.
Among the topics discussed:
Clarification on what constitutes ecotourism
Tourism campaigns and promotion
The role of councils and local communities in tourism planning
Responding to carbon emissions concerns and long-haul travel
Concessions and land management
Indigenous people and tourism
A summary of the dialogue will be circulated at upcoming conferences.
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REGIONAL COLLABORATION QUESTIONS
How is ecotourism defined in New Zealand and Australia and who
are the key players?
What is the common ground shared by both countries?
What do stakeholders (including operators, visitors, locals, government
officials and academics) want from ecotourism in terms of conserving
the environment, working with communities and creating jobs?
How do Australian and New Zealand operators best integrate sustainable
practice into their businesses?
What are recommended information sources regarding ecotourism and
How is ecotourism best developed for long-haul travellers who wish
to visit both countries with a seamless transition?
What benefits do ecotourism operators receive from marketing themselves
collectively as the Oceania region instead of solely as part of
their own country?
What is the relationship between Ecotourism Australia and Ecotourism
How are indigenous and Aboriginal stakeholders integrated in the
design and promotion of ecotourism?
How are local and regional councils working to develop and promote
Can 'commerce be culturized' instead of 'culture commercialized'?