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      Annual Fee          
less than $250,000 $395 $485
$250,001 - $1,000,000 $455 $695
$1,000,001 - $5,000,000 $575 $975
$5,000,001 - $10,000,000 $695 $1,165
more than $10,000,000 $925 $1,295


Fees remain the same regardless of the level of certification you achieve. 

 

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.

                                Emaroo Cottages

                                Heading Bush 4WD Adventures / Australia OZ Tours

                                Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures

                                Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours

                             

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.

 

                                Coodlie Park Farm Retreat

                                Flinders & Outback Water Cruises & Day Tours

                               Groovy Grape Getaways

                                Gulf Getaways

                                Saunders Gorge Sanctuary

                                Southern Blue Travel & Touring

 

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.

                                Adventure Bay Charters

                                Adventures Beyond

                                Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

                                Australian Walking Tours

                                Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience

                                Banrock Station Wine & Wetlands Centre

                                Bendleby Ranges

                                Bike About

                                Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve

                                Campwild Adventures

                                Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat Pty Ltd

                                Coffin Bay Explorer

                                Derek's 4WD Tours Australia

                                Exceptional Kangaroo Island

                                Kangaroo Island Odysseys

                                Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

                                Pindan Tours & 4WD Training

                                Rawnsley Park Station

                                Sinclair's Gully

                                Tour Barossa

                                Treasured Memories

                                Wilderness Wanders

 

View the Green Travel Guide online

 

For more information contact SATIC or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

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