Everglades Eco Safaris inducted into Ecotourism Australia Hall of Fame
Everglades Eco Safaris was inducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame at the 2019 Eco Tourism Awards, held as part of the Global Eco Asia Pacific Tourism Conference in Cairns.
Everglades Eco Safaris, which provides eco-tourism experiences into the Noosa Everglades, is owned and operated by Wade Batty, whose newest venture, Habitat Noosa Everglades Eco Camp was awarded the Best New Tourism Business at the QLD Tourism Awards in November.
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. This was 22 years after Ecotourism Australia’s certification program was 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.
Wade Batty said: “On behalf of all our dedicated and professional employees I am extremely proud to receive this award. To be recognised as an industry leader and innovator in ecotourism practices is a wonderful accolade.
"Australia has such a high quality and diverse range of ecotourism experiences we are absolutely thrilled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame," he said.