Whitsunday Ecotourism Operators Celebrated

August 10, 2023 7:35 am in by
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Twelve eco and nature-based tourism businesses have cemented their legacy as leaders in Australia’s sustainable tourism industry by achieving 20 years of ECO Certification and entering Ecotourism Australia’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

A further 23 ECO Certified tourism operators have been recognised as “Green Travel Leaders” for their 10 years of certification.

Tallship Adventures & Tallship Derwent Hunter is among the inductees, joining Ocean Rafting in the Hall of Fame.

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While Whitsunday Escape Pty Ltd has been recognised for 10 years of ECO certification.

Ecotourism Australia CEO Ms Elissa Keenan has congratulated these operators for their outstanding efforts over a significant period.

“Our new Hall of Fame entrants have been ECO Certified for more than twenty years and are among Australia’s first sustainable tourism innovators. They join 50 operators who been awarded Hall of Fame status since 1997,” she says.

“Similarly, our Green Travel Leaders, who are tourism businesses that have reached a decade of ECO Certification, should be commended for their continuous commitment to global sustainability standards.

“With travellers increasingly seeking transformative and sustainable experiences that make a difference, these operators are at the forefront of world-class sustainability leadership.”

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Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Certification program standard is recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The certification not only provides operators with key business development tools and equips them to champion their dedication to sustainability in tourism, but it ensures continuous accountability towards long-term sustainability goals.

2023 is a milestone year for Ecotourism Australia, with 14 businesses noted for reaching 25 years of ECO Certification. Already recognised in the Hall of Fame, these operators are the original pioneers of ecotourism globally.

All operators certified by Ecotourism Australia are featured on the all-in-one sustainable travel platform, the Green Travel Guide. The Green Travel Guide allows travellers to find over 1,800 certified and sustainable experiences across Australia and book directly with operators.