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Excellence in the ecotourism and agritourism sectors

Iris Lodge Alpacas has demonstrated unparalleled excellence in the ecotourism and agritourism sectors, making them a deserving recipient of a 2023 Global Recognition Award. Under the leadership of Sean Hooper, the company has developed unique and engaging alpaca experiences that have attracted thousands of visitors from around the world.





One of the key factors contributing to their success is their commitment to sustainable practices. Iris Lodge Alpacas is proud to be Ecotourism Certified, which is a testament to their dedication to protecting the environment. They have implemented innovative solutions that have significantly reduced herbicide application by 90%, and have planted 13,000 trees, demonstrating a strong commitment to reforestation and creating a positive environmental impact. In addition to promoting ecological awareness, Iris Lodge Alpacas has played a vital role in exporting tourism throughout Asia.


By offering memorable alpaca encounters such as Breakfast with Alpacas, the company has managed to capture the attention of a diverse international audience, helping to boost tourism in the region. The rapid achievement of Ecotourism certification in just two weeks makes Iris Lodge Alpacas stand out as an industry leader. This accomplishment is further reinforced by their numerous awards and recognitions, such as being named Winner of Best Agritourism Attraction and Best Accessible Agritourism Attraction in New South Wales in 2023.


Their commitment to excellence has also earned them the title of Most Unique Educational Farm Learning Experience in New South Wales as part of the 2022 Resort and Retreat Awards. Despite facing fierce competition within the industry, Iris Lodge Alpacas has managed to carve out a unique niche for itself. The company has received recognition as a regional finalist in Business NSW Awards for both 2021 and 2022, as well as in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards from 2021 to 2023. These achievements highlight the company's consistent growth, innovative spirit, and exceptional contribution to the agritourism and ecotourism industries.


In summary, Iris Lodge Alpacas embodies the essence of what it means to be a 2023 Global Recognition Award winner. With their unwavering dedication to sustainability, innovative visitor experiences, and numerous accolades, they have truly set a benchmark for excellence in their respective fields.



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