Best Ecotourism Operator

Gecko Canoeing wins Ecotourism Australia Gecko Awards Best Ecotourism Operator

The award is heralded as ‘the best of the best’, we are just very happy for the acknowledgement that what we do is leading the way in ecotourism experiences.

 

 

Gecko canoeing takes out major ecotourism award

Monday, 1 November 2010 - www.etravelblackboard.com

Mick Jerram

Gecko Canoeing has taken out the Ecotourism category in the 2010 Ecotourism Australia Gecko Awards. Presented at the Global Eco Gala Dinner in Noosa last night, the awards are in recognition of the “best of the best” in Australian eco accredited product.

“There are four categories in the annual awards,” said Ecotourism Australia CEO Ms Kym Cheatham.  “The ecotourism category is a particularly competitive category which recognises ecologically sustainable tourism product with a primary focus on experiencing Australia’s natural areas while fostering environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. Gecko Canoeing is an outstanding example of excellence in its field”.

“Gecko Canoeing first started in the early 1990's as a genuine Eco-experience with an emphasis on guest experience and quality adventures in remote areas”, said owner of Gecko Canoeing Mick Jerram. “Our main focus continues to be on the Tropical Savannah River Systems, beginning with the magnificent and accessible Katherine/Flora/Daly System.  We are one of the longest existing Ecotourism Australia accredited products and we continue to provide one of the truly authentic products in this region”.

Gecko Canoeing also offers guided bushwalks on the famous Jatbula Trail from Nitmiluk Gorge to Edith Falls, the Dreaming Place Trek from the Manyallaluk Aboriginal Community through the Eva Valley to Nitmiluk Gorge, as well the Kakadu walk from Koolpin Gorge to Twin Falls. Gecko Canoeing also has access to other remote Aboriginal areas, and caters for bushwalking & 4 wheel driving tours with the ability to link with other Savannah Guide Operators.

 

Winners of the 2010 Ecotourism Australia Gecko Awards Announced

2010 Ecotourism Australia Gecko Awards - www.ecovoice.com.au

Ecotourism Australia has announced the winners of the 2010 Ecotourism Australia Gecko Awards at the Global ECO Conference in Noosa Queensland.

"The winners this year are outstanding examples of responsible, ethical and sustainable tourism in Australia," said Kym Cheatham, CEO, Ecotourism Australia. "They are true tourism industry leaders and deserve the recognition these awards bring."

This years winners include Crystal Creek Meadows, New South Wales for the Climate Action Award;  Gecko Canoeing, Northern Territory for the Ecotourism Award; and Bookabee Tours, South Australia for the Indigenous Tourism Award.  Mike Keighley from Far Out Adventures in the Northern Territory won the EcoGuide Award of Excellence and Christopher Warren from Crystal Creek Meadows was awarded the ECO Medal, recognising his outstanding contribution to issues concerning the environment and tourism.

"The panel of judges were overwhelmed by the quality of the submissions this year, " said Professor Ross Dowling, Chair of the Awards Committee when presenting the awards at the Gala Dinner of the Global ECO Conference. "The winners rare truly the best of the best in Australia."

Ecotourism Australia's Gecko Awards are announced every year at the Global ECO Conference.

The winners are:

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    2010 Climate Action Award - sponsored by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

WINNER: Crystal Creek Meadows, NSW

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    2010 Ecotourism Award - sponsored by Tourism NT

WINNER: Gecko Canoeing, NT

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    2010 Indigenous Tourism Award - sponsored by Gumala Aboriginal Corporation

WINNER: Bookabee Tours, SA

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    2010 EcoGuide of the Year Award of Excellence - sponsored by William Angliss Institute

WINNER: Mike Keighley, NT

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    2010 ECO Medal - sponsored by Ecotourism Australia

WINNER: Christopher Warren, NSW

For more information about the Ecotourism Australia, please visit www.ecotourism.org.au