Eco Certification: Ecotourism
Tourism in a natural area that offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with an operator that uses resources wisely, contributes to the conservation of the environment and helps local communities.
What is the Eco Certification Program?
The ECO Certification logo is a globally recognized brand which assists travellers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction, cruise or accommodation that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
The ECO Certification Program is a world first. It has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators. It is also now being exported to the rest of the world as the International ECO Certification Program. The definition of ecotourism adopted by Ecotourism Australia is: 'Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.'
Global Sustainable Tourism Council
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is an independent body that establishes and manages global standards for sustainability in travel and tourism with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices.
The GSTC Approved tick logo means that our ECO certified products are certified under a certification program, namely Ecotourism Australia's ECO certification, which is using a GSTC-recognised standard, is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC, and that the certification procedures largley meet international standards for transparency, impartiality, and competence.
Respecting our Culture Certification
The Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Program is a tourism industry development tool designed by Aboriginal Tourism Australia (ATA) and administered by Ecotourism Australia.
The ROC program was produced through an extensive and ongoing national consultation by ATA with Indigenous communities, industry stakeholders and tourism operators. ROC embraces national accreditation standards to ensure tourism experiences meet customer expectations in a professional and sustainable way. It also encourages the industry to operate with respect for Indigenous cultural heritage.
Importance of the ROC Program
Indigenous cultural experiences offer a competitive advantage to the Australian tourism industry. In a competitive industry environment, tourism businesses that operate at national industry standards have the greatest potential to benefit from opportunities available. A business with ROC accreditation will be recognised in the industry as having sustainable business and environmental practices. The ROC Program is unique in that it also provides the recognition of cultural protocols and authenticity.
Winners 2009 Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
Tourism industry representatives and guests from around the state gathered on Saturday night at the Burswood Entertainment Complex Grand Ballroom for the prestigious Western Australian Tourism Awards - the State’s highest honours in tourism excellence.
Adventure Out Australia were announced the winners in Category 26 - Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism. This category is open to tourism operators that exemplify a strong commitment to sustainable and innovative business practices. The award recognises and showcases successful tourism businesses that set out to minimise their environmental impact, conserve natural resources, respect local cultures and benefit local communities.
National Tourism Accredited
The Australian Tourism Accreditation Program is a business development program that is based on Quality Assurance principles. It has been developed by aligning the six state and territory based tourism accreditation programs.
The program focuses on the business developing professional management systems that will lead to reliability, consistency and predictability in the operation of the business which in turn results in improved customer service and satisfaction. In turn, Accreditation will provide clients and industry colleagues with an assurance that participating businesses are committed to professionalism both in business operations and delivery of service.
Further information about the Australian Tourism Accreditation program can be found at the website.