Communication to the Australian and Global Eco Tourism Industry

Written by Binna Burra


October 3, 2019


The message about the recovery and renewal of Binna Burra will go to many consumer and  travel industry audiences in Australia and beyond.

One of those will be the Ecotourism Australia’s Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference, Cairns 2-4 December 2019.

¬†The organisers, Ecotourism Australia,¬† are hosting the Chairman of Binna Burra to contribute a keynote ‘aspire’ address as one of the final presentations of the event.¬†¬†The conference has become Australia‚Äôs premier meeting point for the industry where operators, government, academics and protected area managers get together to re-energise, share and connect.

‘Good¬†communication¬†to the Australian and global ecotourism industry is a key part of¬† our¬†response¬†to the September bushfire devastation at Binna Burra’ said Steve Noakes, Chairman of the Board at Binna Burra Lodge.

In 2008,  Noakes was awarded the inaugural ECOTOURISM MEDAL at the Ecotourism Australia annual Conference held in Adelaide, recognising his (then) extensive 30 years active engagement in the Australian and international industry … “particularly his interest and experience in ecotourism and the broader sustainable tourism agenda.’

Fast-track another 11 years and this 40+ year veteran of the Pacific Asia tourism industry continues as Director of the international sustainable tourism project management company, Pacific Asia Tourism, and Chairman of the Board of Binna Burra Lodge. He is also a Director of Ecolodges Indonesia.

In September this year, Steve faced the devastation and heartache of the major bushfire that threatened his own house and destroyed ten of his neighbours houses adjacent to the Lamington National Park. That fire also razed most of the heritage buildings iconic Binna Burra Lodge.

‘ Out of the wreckage comes opportunity to reinvent the spirit of Binna Burra. We’ll be able to share the Binna Burra spirit at the¬†Ecotourism Australia‚Äôs Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference, this year.’¬†said Noakes.

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