is currently the Resort General Manager for Hamilton Island
and has been in this position from January 2005. This is
Craig's second stint on the island having worked there from
1996 - 2002 as part of the team that turned Hamilton Island
around. In between these times Craig worked for Voyages
based in Sydney as Executive General Manager Operations
(Voyages' portfolio consists of Alice Springs Resort, Ayers
Rock resort, Bedarra Island Resort, Brampton Island Resort,
Coconut Beach Rainforest Lodge, Cradle Mountain Lodge, Dunk
Island Resort, Ferntree Rainforest Lodge, Heron Island Resort,
Kings Canyon Resort, Lizard Island Resort, Longitude 131°,
Silky Oaks Lodge, Wilson Island, Wrotham Park Lodge).
As well as being a Board member of Tourism Whitsundays,
and previously holding the position of Chairman, Craig is
a Director of AMPTO (Association of Marine Park Tourism
Operators). Furthermore, Craig was a Director of Eco Tourism
Australia during his time with Voyages.
Craig is a resort and island specialist and other than
work he loves sailing, skiing, food and wine (and of course
his wife and three children).
"Hamilton" - Today, Tomorrow and Eco Value
Hamilton Island could be considered the last place
thought of as "eco friendly". A jet airport, high rise buildings
and petrol burning buggies have firmly positioned Hamilton
Island at the "other" end of the ecotourism spectrum. All
this in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef marine park.
What were they thinking?
More importantly, what are they thinking now? New owners
and the next phase of Hamilton Island's development provide
a unique opportunity to see how "big business" sees value
in ecotourism and certification.
Craig Davidson, Hamilton Island's current Resort General
Manager (previously a board member of Ecotourism Australia
and currently on the board of Tourism Whitsundays and AMPTO),
will discuss the practical application and value of ecotourism
certification as it applies to Hamilton Island now and in
the future development of this dynamic business.