Monday, 31 January 2011
Congratulations to Foundation Professor of Tourism Ross Dowling, who was recently awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2011 Australia Day Honours List.
The awards are the highest honour an Australian can receive for outstanding achievement and service to their country. Professor Dowling’s award recognises over 20 years of service to the hospitality and tourism industry, education, and to the development of ecotourism.
“This is a great honour and I am both humbled and proud to receive the award, which also recognises the role of universities in ensuring students actively learn in both the classroom and within the industry,” said Professor Dowling.
An environmental scientist, Professor Dowling co-founded Ecotourism Australia, which is widely regarded as the world’s leading ecotourism industry body.
He is now Director of Ecotourism Australia, as well as an Executive Board Member for the Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation in Oman, and an advisor for the UNESCO Global Network of National Geoparks (France).
He has also convened many state, national and international conferences on ecotourism, and written a number of books on the subject.
More recently, he has established a Tourism degree for Emirates Airlines, lead an Australian team giving Tourism Industry Development Workshops for the Vietnam Government, and completed an extensive lecture tour for the Chinese Government throughout China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Professor Atique Islam, commended Professor Dowling on his extraordinary accomplishment.
“This is a remarkable achievement, and a well-deserved recognition of Professor Dowling’s dedication to education, research in Tourism, and significant contribution to the worldwide development of eco-tourism.”
For more information on the Medal, and to view the full list of winners, visit the Australian Government website.