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Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Certification Gains Global Approval

Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Certification Gains Global Approval
July 23, 2015

Ecotourism Australia’s ECO certification program has been approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), as one of the first tourism certification programs in the world to meet the compliance requirements of the GSTC Approval Manual.

Commenting on the approval, Ecotourism Australia Chief Executive Rod Hillman stated “GSTC Approval status brings further credibility to a well-respected and established brand, ECO certification, and raises its profile in the global arena. International guests can now recognise and choose with confidence high quality tour operators delivering true ecotourism experiences.”

The GSTC establishes and manages global sustainable standards with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices. They are an independent body, serving the important role of managing global standards for sustainability in travel and tourism.

The acceptance of ECO certification as a GSTC Approved standard builds on the ECO certified tour operators’ deserved reputation for delivering high quality, sustainable best practice, tourism experiences that have true conservation benefits.

This level of excellence was evident at the recent Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) where 20% of all sellers were ECO certified, and at the National Tourism Awards where a third of all winners were ECO certified, and over 40% of all finalists were ECO certified.

GSTC Chief Executive Randy Durband congratulated Ecotourism Australia on the achievement, stating “Ecotourism Australia's certification of travel products verifies to the travelling public that the claims of the travel provider are valid and based on EA's independent, 3rd-party review of those claims.

“In the same manner, the 'GSTC Approved' mark indicates that an independent and neutral team of evaluators have determined that EA's own processes for certifying travel products are transparent, impartial, and competent.

“Travellers choosing products that are certified by Ecotourism Australia can be assured that those products are deemed sustainable according to the highest international standards."

Hillman added “in global terms Australia is a small market with a range of internally relevant brands. Attaining the GSTC Approved status allows ECO certified tour operators to proudly display the GSTC branding, instantly placing them in the global marketplace with a brand that is recognised and respected.

“Australia should be the world’s premier nature based tourism destination with 12 World Heritage Natural sites, a broad range of high quality ecotourism operators and well managed protected areas.

“ECO certification gaining GSTC Approved status is yet another way that Australia’s Nature Tourism Industry is proving itself ready, willing and able to claim its role on the world stage.”

For Advanced Ecotourism and Ecotourism ECO certified tours, accommodations and attractions, the Approval means they can now display the GSTC Approved brand and will be registered in the GSTC Product Index.

These operators will also be included in a broad based marketing strategy targeting online booking agencies and to various travel providers to use for purposes of preferential buying.

Click here for further information on ECO certification and GSTC Approval.

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2nd September 2014 - WORLD TRAVEL & TOURISM COUNCIL URGES TOURISM INDUSTRY TO DRIVE THE SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA 

12th September 2013 - QUEENSLAND ECOTOURISM PLAN RELEASED

16th July 2012 - TRC TOURISM GETS $1 MILLION TO IMPROVE VISITOR EXPERIENCES IN NATIONAL LANDSCAPES 

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