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Third Global Geotourism Conference, Muscat, Oman – 2011

Ideology was the principal advisor and Co-convenor of the Third Global Geotourism Conference held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman from 30 October – 1 November 2011.

Working to the theme ‘Seeing destinations differently’, the conference was jointly convened with the Oman’s Ministry of Tourism and attracted 330 delegates from over 30 countries. Ten keynote presenters from five countries presented an overview of geotourism from the global perspective and another 40 speakers presented in break out sessions. A large Opening Ceremony, a full day Field Trip and an Open Forum at the close of the conference all combined to provide the delegates with considerable knowledge through a unique experience in a five star location.

Parks Conference, Perth, Australia -2011

Ideology provided support for the organisation of the conference ‘Rediscover Parks! for the Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism [FACET] at Yanchep National Park, Western Australia, from 13-16 September 2011. The theme of the conference was Health, Heritage and Nature: The Importance of Reconnecting with our Parks and the principal sponsor was the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC). The conference was attended by over 120 delegates from a range of countries with the goal of exploring and developing new insights into the successful regional development of cultural and nature based tourism.

The Conference addressed the critical need of how to reconnect people with our parks and realise the role of parks in building cohesive communities, improving health and education, along with providing extensive tourism and recreation opportunities.

The conference was organised by a team of DEC staff including Wendy Dowling, and the conference was emceed throughout by Ross Dowling.

Ecotourism Australia History -2011

Ross and Wendy worked on the History of Ecotourism Australia ( together with Tony Charters, Tony Charters & Associates, in Brisbane, Australia in early July 2011. This reviewed the first twenty years of the organisation from its inception in 1991 to 2011. This was then jointly presented by Ross and Tony at the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference, Seize the Potential, held in Sydney from 7-10 November 2011 (

The Conference attracted 220 delegates from over twelve countries and Ross chaired the one day ASEAN and Oceania Tourism Forum as well as presenting a paper on Branding Issues in an Ecotourism Destination: The Case of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

University Study Tour to Malaysia – 2011

Ross and Wendy led an International Study Tour to Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia from 18-26 April, 2011. Fifteen undergraduate and two post graduate tourism students from Edith Cowan University (ECU) spent nine days travelling through Sabah experiencing wildlife watching in the rainforest, river cruises, nature walks and cultural interaction.

As well as being a practical learning experience for students, the trip created a positive impact on the local community, with students participating in volunteer work while there. The students visited Emmanuel House in Kudat, a home and school for disadvantaged teenage girls where they donated books for its Library. The students also donated $2000 worth of piping to a well project in a nearby village and helped connect the water pipes so the local people could have easy access to clean drinking water. In addition, the students completed conservation work while staying in the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, planting trees on the banks of the Kinabatangan River.

The students also visited the Sandakan War Memorial on ANZAC Day, and took part in the Australian Government Dawn Service by laying wreaths at the site. The following day thestudents further engaged with Australian Government officials participating in a workshop entitled ‘Sandakan Memorial Park experiences and tourism opportunities’. The workshop assisted the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in identifying how to improve the tourist experience for young people in the Memorial Park and other Australian war sites around the world.

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Trail of Time at the Grand Canyon, USA -2010

The Grand Canyon National Park has developed a Trail of Time Geoscience Exhibition which is billed as ‘the world’s largest geosciences exhibition at the world’s grandest geologic landscape’. It is an interpretive walking timeline developed by the University of New Mexico and the Grand Canyon National Park. The exhibition utilizes the unique vistas and rocks a the Grand Canyon to help visitors ponder, explore, and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories encoded by the Canyon’s rock layers and landscapes.
To launch the Trail of Time a symposium on ‘New Approaches to Geoscience Education in the National Park Service’ was held in the park from 13-15 October 2010. The opening of the Exhibition and attendant Symposium was held in conjunction with Earth Science Week (sponsored by the American Geological Institute). The goal is to foster innovative approaches to public geoscience education across the National Park system and elsewhere.
As part of the Symposium Ross presented a Keynote Address on ‘Global Geotourism’.

FACET’s Regional Tourism Conference – 2009

Conference Cover - FACETs Regional Tourism Conference 2009Ideology provided support for the organisation of the conference ‘Outback Tourism – Delivering a Unique Experience’ for the Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism [FACET] in Mount Magnet, Western Australia, from 18-21 October 2009. The conference was attended by over 120 delegates from a range of countries with the goal of exploring and developing new insights into the successful regional development of cultural and nature based tourism.

A key element of the conference was the development of a Regional Tourism Framework for the area which provides the vision and strategies to take the region forward in tourism over the next four years. The Framework Action Plan provided clear guidance on Visitor Servicing, Industry Profitability, Community Involvement and Environmental Protection.

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