Accreditation & Programs . Ecotourism Certification

What is the ECO Certification Program?

 

ECO Certification is suitable for tourism businesses that are committed to sustainable practices and provide high quality nature-based experiences.

The ECO Certification logo is a globally recognised brand, which assists travellers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tourism experience that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

 

ECO Certification is product-specific, you are able to apply for ECO Certification even if not all or your tourism products are nature-based.

The 3 levels of ECO Certification are:

ECO Certified Nature Tourism

Nature Tourism

Tourism in a natural area that leaves minimal impact on the environment.

 

ECO Certified EcotourismEcotourism

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.

 

ECO Certified Advanced EcotourismAdvanced Ecotourism

Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

 

To register for ECO Certification, please click here.

 

What are the benefits?

  • A practical guide to implement sound business principles, ecologically sustainable practices and culturally responsible initiatives.
  • Use of an internationally recognised logo on your marketing material.
  • Promotion of your product/s by Ecotourism Australia and inclusion in the Green Travel Guide.
  • Profiled in EcoBytes once certified, plus the opportunity to showcase new innovations and news.
  • Promotion at international trade shows such as ATE, ITB and JAM.
  • Extended licencing for Commercial Tour Operators to operate in SA National Parks - 3 year licence for Nature Based ECO Certified operators and 5 year licences for Ecotourism and Advanced Ecotourism ECO Certified operators
  • Park agencies consider ECO Certification and ROC in the application process for special permits
  • 25% discount to the annual Eco Conference.
  • Membership with the South Australian Tourism Industry Council.

 

For more information  contact SATIC  or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

4 Easy Steps to becoming ECO Certified

Step 1 - Register

Register online

Step 2 - Log-in to ECO Certification Online

Log-in to the online program and complete the self assessment criteria.

Step 3 - Complete & Submit

Submit your application for independent assessment. On successful completion of assessment you will be notified of your level of certification achieved.

Step 4 - Onsite audit

An onsite audit will be conducted with the first 2 years of applying to ensure the standards of certification are being maintained.

 

 

Contents of the ECO Certification Program:

  • Business Management and Operational Planning
  • Business Ethics
  • Responsible Marketing
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Natural Area and/or Cultural Focus
  • Environmental Management
  • Interpretation and Education
  • Contribution to Conservation
  • Working with Local Communities
  • Cultural Respect and Sensitivity

 

For more information contact SATIC or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

ECO Certification Fees

ECO Certification fees are based on your business' gross annual turn over.

Your Gross Annual Turnover Initial Application Fee      Ongoing Annual Fee          

Discounted Annual Fee

(for 2 or more ECO Programs)

Discounted Annual Fee (20% discount for ATAP Accredited
less than $250,000 $395 $510 $130 $408
$250,001 - $1,000,000 $455 $730 $194 $584
$1,000,001 - $5,000,000 $575 $1,025 $264 $820
$5,000,001 - $10,000,000 $695 $1,225 $320 $980
more than $10,000,000 $925 $1,360 $374 $1,088


Fees remain the same regardless of the level of certification you achieve.  Prices are current as at January 2015

 

For more information contact SATIC or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

 

ECO Certified Nature Tourism

Nature Tourism

Tourism in a natural area that leaves minimal impact on the environment.

                               

                                Aboriginal Cultural Tours

                                Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience

                                Emaroo Cottages

                                Heading Bush 4WD Adventures / Australia OZ Tours

                                Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures

                                Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours

                                The Arkaba Walk

                                The Frames

                             

ECO Certified EcotourismEcotourism

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.

                              

                                Flinders & Outback Water Cruises & Day Tours

                                Gulf Getaways

                                Outback Spirit Tours

                                Saunders Gorge Sanctuary

                                Yondah Beach House

 

ECO Certified Advanced EcotourismAdvanced Ecotourism

Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

  

                                A Secret Garden

                                A secret Treasure                           

                                Adventure Bay Charters

                                Adventures Beyond

                                Arkaba Station

                                Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

                                Australian Walking Tours

                                Australian Wilderness Adventures

                                Australian Wildlife Adventures

                                Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience

                                Banrock Station Wine & Wetlands Centre

                                Barossa Best

                                Barossa Dreams

                                Barossa Tourism Services

                                Barossa Treasure

                                Barossa Valley Apartments

                                Bendleby Ranges

                                Bike About

                                Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve

                                Calypso Star Charters

                                Campwild Adventures

                                Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat Pty Ltd

                                Coodlie Park Farm Retreat

                                Derek's 4WD Tours Australia

                                Eldee Station

                                Exceptional Kangaroo Island

                                Fowlers Bay Eco Park 

                                Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris

                                Gracemar Cottage

                                Great Australian Bight Safaris

                                Groovy Grape Getaways

                                Kangaroo Island Odysseys

                                Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

                                Memory Lane

                                Nullarbor Traveller

                                Pindan Tours & 4WD Training

                                Precious Memories

                                Rawnsley Park Station

                                Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions

                                Sinclair's Gully

                                Swim With the Tuna

                                Temptation Sailing 

                                Tour Barossa

                                Treasured Memories

                                Tri State Safaris

                                Wilderness Wanders

                                Xplore Eyre

 

View the Green Travel Guide online

 

For more information contact SATIC or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

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