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Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference Concurrent Speaker

Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference Concurrent Speaker

Ecotourism Australia with the support of Events Queensland, will be staging the 20th Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland on 15-17 October 2012.

The conference brings together leading players from across the globe to examine best practice in sustainable tourism, tourism in protected and heritage areas, ecotourism, Indigenous tourism, interpretation, marketing, sustainability, strategic partnerships and climate change response.

Brad Towle, the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau's International Tourism Promotion and Development Director will be a concurrent speaker in theSustainable Destination Management theme stream on Tuesday October 16th.

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau (TCKTB) is a tiny office with a huge mission, to develop and promote Japan's remote spiritual heartland, into a quality, sustainable tourism destination open to the world.  The Kumano region represents a unique cultural landscape, part of the World Heritage property "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range".  Through strategically planned projects with a diversity of stakeholders, the TCKTB strives to build a strong foundation for a sustainable future by focusing on preservation, cultivating human resources, and developing effective tourism systems. Grassroots development initiatives include innovative training seminars, and the Kumano Travel Community Reservation System, a bilingual website for local businesses to connect with the growing online market.  A pioneering joint promotion project with the Turismo de Santiago de Compostela successfully joins the Way of St. James and the Kumano Kodo, the only two pilgrimage routes registered as World Heritage.


Brad Towle is the International Tourism Promotion and Development Director for the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, the only non-Japanese working as a director in a tourism association in Japan.  He is one of its founding members and influential in creating a new model for community-based tourism focused on grassroots development and sustainable practices.  As a foreigner working in the Japanese government, he has a unique perspective on tourism in rural Japan, both its positive points and challenges.  Originally from Canada, Brad previously worked in the Canadian Rockies as a professional hiking and ski guide.  He has been living on and off in Japan for over 13 years.  

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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…