Accreditation & Programs . Ecotourism Certification

What is the ECO Certification Program?

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 and it has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators.

ECO Certification is product-specific— this means that you will need to answer the criteria as it applies specifically to each of your products.  This also means that you are able to apply for ECO Certification even if not all of your products are nature-based. 

 

The 3 levels of ECO Certification
 

ECO Certified Nature Tourism

Nature Tourism

Tourism in natural areas that leaves minimal impact on the environment.

 

ECO Certified EcotourismEcotourism

Tourism in a natural area that focuses on optimal resources use, leaves minimal impact on the environment and offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with operators that use resources wisely, contribute to conserving the environment and help local communities.

 

ECO Certified Advanced EcotourismAdvanced Ecotourism

Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products that operate with minimal impact on the environment and provide opportunities to learn about the environment with operators who are committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping local communities.

To register for ECO Certification, please click here

What are the benefits?

  • Certification is recognition of a high standard of operations, and is beneficial when applying for grants, awards, licenses or permits.
  • Certification provides recognition for consumers to be assured of your commitment to environmental best practice, quality experience and customer service.
  • Free listing on Ecotourism Australia's website and be searchable under the Green Travel Guide.
  • Free opportunities to feature in the monthly EcoBytes newsletter distributed to over 9000 subscribers and EcoBytes blog.
  • Free listing and marketing opportunities with Our Planet Travel website and magazine.
  • Gain international marketing exposure with a free web listing on Coastal and Marine Eco Tourism.
  • Free listings to advertise on Ecojobs and in EcoBytes.
  • Be featured and referred to by Ecotourism at Green Expos, trade events, media referrals and editorials
  • Representation at the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE).
  • Opportunity for ECO accommodation operators to achieve free TripAdvisor GreenLeader status.
  • 25% discount on registrations for the Annual Global Eco Conference.
  • Dual Certification for ECO and ROC – no additional annual fee.
  • Membership and ATAP Accreditation with the South Australian Tourism Industry Council.
  • Full membership rights of Ecotourism Australia, including voting rights and the right to nominate and stand for the Board of Directors.
  • Extended licencing for Commercial Tour Operators to operate in SA National Parks - 3 year licence for Nature Based ECO Certified operators and 5 year licence for Ecotourism and Advanced Ecotourism ECO Certified operators.
  • Certification provides recognition for consumers to be assured of your commitment to environmental best practice, quality experience and customer service.

Find out more about the benefits of Eco Certification.

Interested in becoming certified? Check out the Essentials Guide

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 turnover

Once-only application fee

Ongoing annual fee

Discounted annual fee

(if combined with Climate Action)

less than $250,000

$395

$525

$130

$250,001 - $1,000,000

$455

$750

$194

$1,000,001 - $5,000,000

$575

$1,055

$264

$5,000,001 - $10,000,000

$695

$1,250

$320

more than $10,000,000

$925

$1,395

$374

Fees remain the same regardless of the level of certification you achieve.  Prices are current as at August 2016

*Please note: all operators that meet ECO certification automatically get ATAP accreditation.

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.

                             

                                4WD Rawnsley Park Station Discovery Parks

                                Aboriginal Cultural Tours

                                Baird Bay Ocean Eco Apartments

                                Groovy Grape Getaways

                                Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures

                                Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours

                                Rawnsley Park Station

                                Seascape Lodge On Emu Bay

                                Skytrek Willow Springs Station Guided 4WD Tours

                                The Frames

                                Wakarla Glass Gorge 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.

                             

                                Boundary Cottage

                                Catninga Mountain Hut

                                Fowlers Bay Eco Caravan Park

                                Hideaway Cottage

                                Groovy Grape Getaways

                                Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari 

                                Nature Lodges

                                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

                                Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

                                Australian Wilderness Adventures

                                Australian Wildlife Adventures

                                Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience

                                Banrock Station Wine & Wetlands Centre

                                Barossa Best

                                Barossa Dreams

                                Barossa Treasure

                                Barossa Valley Apartments

                                Bendleby Ranges

                                Bike About

                                Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve

                                Calypso Star Charters

                                Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat Pty Ltd

                                Coodlie Park Farm Retreat

                                Exceptional Kangaroo Island

                                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 Eco Villas

                                Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions

                                Temptation Sailing

                                Tour Barossa

                                Treasured Memories

                                Trek Tours Australia

                                Tri State Safaris 

                                Xplore Eyre

 

View the Green Travel Guide online

 

For more information contact SATIC or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

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