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Elissa Keenan

CEO | EcoTourism Australia

Elissa Keenan

About

As CEO of Ecotourism Australia, Elissa leads a team of dedicated professionals supporting more than 1800 certified tourism operators across Australia, who are committed to the four pillars of sustainability: protecting our natural environment, promoting our culture and heritage, creating socio-economic benefits for community, and implementing sustainable business practices. Building on the globally recognised ECO Certification for nature-based tourism operators, in late 2022 Ecotourism Australia launched the Sustainable Tourism Certification to support all visitor economy businesses meet global best practice standards.

A passionate advocate for wildlife, marine and environmental conservation, Elissa has been a member of the Australian Tourism Awards Judging Panel; and is a Judge in the international Green Destinations Top 100 Stories awards. She is a non-executive Director of Reef Check Australia, an innovative citizen-science environmental charity dedicated to empowering people to take positive action for conserving reef and marine environments. Elissa also champions female representation in leadership and is a mentor and Corporate Executive Board Member with Women in Aviation International and a mentor in the ATEC Elite Program supporting young professionals in tourism.
Elissa has vast executive experience within the tourism, aviation, government, corporate, and peak body sectors.

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