Cairns Adventure Group Enters Ecotourism Australia Hall of Fame
Cairns Adventure Group was inducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame last night, for being ECO certified for 20 years.
The awards were presented during the gala dinner of the Global Eco Asia Pacific Tourism Conference, held at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, north of Cairns.
Cairns Adventure Group is the initiative of a proudly, locally owned and family operated enterprise at the forefront of the Cairns tourism industry since it’s beginning back in 1986. Cairns Adventure Group is comprised of Active Tropics Explorer Cape Tribulation, Waterfall Wanderers, Foaming Fury White-Water Rafting and Aussie Drifterz River Tubing. Passionate about Cairns, its rivers and natural environment, Director Roderic believes conservation starts with education. By providing guests with an incredible adventure, they will engage with the environment, which builds awareness, connection and a desire to help protect it.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is an honour now bestowed upon 26 ecotourism businesses, the first of whom were entered into the Hall of Fame in 2018, 22 years after Ecotourism Australia’s certification program was fist launched as the National Ecotourism Accreditation Program (NEAP) – now ECO Certification.
Ecotourism Australia CEO Rod Hillman said that this year’s awardees were some of the leading ecotourism operators in the country, whose longevity and continued success in a rapidly changing industry was testament to their continued commitment to sustainable business practices and dedication to benefiting the communities and environments in which they operate.
“We are very proud to welcome these 12 operators into our Ecotourism Australia Hall of Fame. They are our nation’s true ecotourism innovators, and their leadership has paved the way for more responsible and sustainable tourism as we experience it today,” he said.
Cairns Adventure Group Director, Roderic Rees said ’20 years of eco-certification is a huge milestone for us. Visiting National Parks, World Heritage listed areas and unique locations every day as part of our tours means we have a responsibility to protect our environment and this award highlights our ongoing dedication to sustainability’