Noakes named chair of heritage lodge

BRISBANE, 4 September 2018: Long-time Asia-Pacific tourism veteran, Steve Noakes, has been appointed chairman of the board of an iconic Australian ecotourism business, Binna Burra Lodge, located within the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, Queensland.

Binna Burra Lodge, founded in 1933, continues to deliver on the vision of its pioneering ecotourism founders.

It offers a range of interpretive walks, educational programmes, outdoor adventure activities and support to protect, conserve and present the world heritage values of Lamington National Park’ said Noakes.

Noakes has been involved in travel and tourism for 40 years, and is a long-term advocate of sustainable tourism practices across the Asia-Pacific region.

He is founder of Pacific Asia Tourism, an international project management company focused on tourism’s capacity to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

He is also director/part-owner of Ecolodges Indonesia & EcoSafari Indonesia, operating eco-lodges and inbound tours with a wildlife and biodiversity conservation focus across Indonesia.

He was the lead Asia-Pacific representative in the development of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and is currently in Myanmar contributing to GSTC training programmes supported by Swiss Contact.

Next month, he takes up the role of team leader, project management support, for the World Bank supported Indonesia Tourism Development Project.