The WA Sustainable Tourism Forum will provide attendees with an understanding of how sustainability principles apply to tourism across cultural, environmental, social and commercial operations. Attendees will be provided with effective tools to encourage tourism businesses and destinations to commence or progress their sustainability journey.
The event will include presentations from a range of speakers, covering topics including: market insights and customer expectations around sustainable tourism; expert advice on reducing emissions and improving sustainability; practical tools to assess and improve business sustainability; case studies from businesses on their sustainability journey.
Sustainable tourism leader Amy Carter-James will be the keynote speaker of the WA Sustainable Tourism Forum.
Amy's first venture was in Mozambique, at the age of 22, harnessing tourism for sustainable development. She went on to be a leader in tourism, pulling the industry in a more sustainable and regenerative direction.
She has since worked around the world, developing products that tackle the UN’s Global Goals (SDGs). In 2020, she pulled together a team and co-founded Raaise–the platform powering climate startups-helping founders raise funds and scale quickly and efficiently.
|Hon. Reece Whitby MLA is the Western Australian Minister for Energy; Environment and Climate Action. Reece is coordinating the State’s response to climate change while establishing a whole-of-government approach to reduce emissions.
He is Western Australia’s first Minister to attend a United Nations Climate Change Conference, addressing audiences at COP27 and meeting Ministerial counterparts from across the globe.
|Samantha Palmer has been the GM of Austrade’s Visitor Economy and Client Programs Division since April 2021 responsible for leading the nation’s tourism and visitor economy policy and programs, the national THRIVE 2030 Strategy, developing of the National Sustainable Tourism Framework and business Toolkit and modernising the national tourism statistics produced by Austrade’s Tourism Research Australia.
|Ben Daley is the CEO and Co-Founder of Emissions Reduction Collective Australia. Ben designed the ERC Protocol as a unique solution to enable mass coordinated participation of SMEs in formalised decarbonisation. The ERC Protocol takes a much-needed approach that empowers SME to achieve value, whilst also meeting the multiple and overlapping strategic and reporting needs of industry associations and corporate value chains.
|Lauren Caverley is the Senior Communications and Sustainability Manager at Tourism Australia. Lauren leads the organisation’s sustainability initiatives and accessible tourism strategy. With expertise in communications, Lauren amplifies the industry's efforts in these areas. She is also an active member of Tourism Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group and recently completed a postgraduate degree in Indigenous Affairs.
Andrew and Fran Robinson own and operate multi-award winning Tree Chalets. Tree Chalets is 100% off-grid (power and water) and is in the unusual position where the trees on the property consume more CO2 than the business produces. Andrew and Fran will offer a unique insight into operating an accommodation tourism business off-grid.
|Oranje Tractor Farm is 10km north west of Albany and was established by Murray Gomm and Pam Lincoln in 1996. Motivated by a desire to work with nature rather than against it, Oranje Tractor Farm achieved organic certification in 2005. In more recent years Murray and Pam have implemented a range of farming practices that focus on minimal inputs, building soil carbon, and creating diversity above and below the ground.