As Australia’s most populated cities and states are released from lengthy lockdowns, there is an overwhelming craving for meaningful contact and reconnection to the world beyond our four walls. But as people emerge from their fortresses, in time to enjoy some Christmas holiday cheer, they will be doing so cautiously and with a greater sense of consciousness about where they travel, how they travel, why they travel and what the impact of their travel could be on the communities and environments they visit.

As a destination Tropical North Queensland has long been leading the charge when it comes to best practice nature-based and Ecotourism in Australia – Douglas Shire (Port Douglas, Daintree & Cape Tribulation) is the only Eco Destination in the country. Business operators in the region have been Eco certified for decades and more than that, have been actively innovating and contributing to critical environmental research. So how has the global pandemic impacted on this pristine environment and what does the greater purpose of travel really mean now and for the future.

Presented by David Koch from Pinstripe Media, join our panel of business owners, CEOs, journalists and media personalities as they discuss how current global circumstances are driving the desire for a greater purpose of travel, and how this aligns with the business philosophies that underpin tourism in Tropical North Queensland.

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    Mark Olsen
    Mark joined Tourism Tropical North Queensland in September 2019 as the CEO after 25 years in the tourism and hospitality industry. Mark has worked in over 70 countries with a focus on sustainable tourism, experience development, destination strategy including aviation and access, commercial operations and feasibility and consumer marketing.
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    John O'Sullivan
    Experience Co
    John has over 25 years’ experience in the Travel & Tourism, Sport & Entertainment and Media sectors both in Australia and overseas. Prior to joining EXP, John was the Managing Director and CEO of Tourism Australia for 5 years and prior to this role has held senior executive positions with
    Fox Sports, Octagon CSI, Football Federation Australia and Events Queensland. John is a Director of Tourism Tropical North Queensland and Netball Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Leisure Studies), Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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    Lee Tulloch
    Lee is an Australian novelist and award winning travel writer. The founding editor of Australian Harper’s Bazaar, she has published five novels. While travel has been paused she has been working on a screenplay about hotels and a novel about a travel writer. She writes a fortnightly column on sustainable travel for Traveller and is determined to travel better.
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    Johnny Murison
    Jarramali Rock Art Tours
    Johnny Murison is a Western Yalanji man. He is the owner/operator of Jarramali Rock Art Tours that operates out of Quinkan Country in Cape York Peninsula, and offers unique insight into the culture, stories, and beliefs of the world’s oldest living culture. Johnny invites his guests to immerse themselves fully in a remarkable, authentic and meaningful way to connect on country and return with a deeper understanding of First Nations People.
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    Quentin Long
    Australian Traveller
    Quentin Long is the co-founder of Australian Traveller Media, Australia’s largest independent travel media company.

    Australian Traveller Media publishes two respected travel titles, Australian Traveller and International Traveller, in print and online at and
    Both titles are well known for their award-winning editorial and photography, strong reader engagement and commercial content quality.

    Quentin is a sought-after travel media commentator. He is Australia’s most trusted source for travel news and insights, having held weekly radio segments across the country since 2006, and regularly appearing on Channel 9’s Today and A Current Affair programs from 2010.
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    David Koch
    TV Presenter
    David Koch (”Kochie”) is one of Australia’s leading business and finance commentators and co-host of Australia’s number one breakfast TV program, Sunrise.