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  • 21 years of

    Ecotourism in Australia

    Kym Cheatham

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ecotourism Australia Limited

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • Background of Ecotourism

    Australia

    Formed following Australia’s first ecotourism

    conference in 1991

    Non-profit, non-government organisation

    Peak national body for the nature-based & cultural tourism industry

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • Current global

    trends and

    challenges

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • January 5th, 2010

    What will be the Top 5 Travel Trends in 2010?

    Adventure and luxury travel website iExplore predicts

    1.It’s All About Value

    2.Ecotourism Here to Stay.

    3.Baby Boomers Taking Experiential Trips.

    4.Travel: Not a Game of Risk

    5.Unique and Customized Itineraries.

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • ‘Driving Visitation To Australia Using Experience Themes’

    Research travellers from 11 international markets and the domestic market.

    ‘Nature in Australia’ and ‘Australian Journeys’ are the two experiences that

    are the most motivating to travel to Australia.

    Also ranked as the most ‘appealing, exciting and relevant.’

    Tourism Australia, 2011

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • “Most tourism in natural areas today is not

    ecotourism and is not therefore, sustainable.

    Ecotourism can be distinguished from nature

    tourism by its emphasis on conservation,

    education, traveler responsibility and active

    community participation.”

    The Nature Conservancy

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • Ecotourism greenwashing

    'Eco' and 'eco-lodges' have become

    buzzwords used by both terrific organisations

    dedicated to conservation and benefitting local

    people, and those seeking to exploit its

    marketing potential for economic gain with

    little or no regard for destinations.

    Justin Francis, responsibletravel.com

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • Current Environment

    Australia’s dependency on Nature Tourism

    Age of the Responsible Traveller

    Living up to Expectations

    Good business sense

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • Our Programs

    ECO Certification–for nature tourism

    Respecting Our Culture-for all involving culture

    Climate Action Certification – any tourism business

    EcoGuide Certification – for individual tour guides

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • How it Works

    • Guidance to know what is best practice

    • Practical criteria to implement

    • Independent assessment and recognition

    • Logo for travellers to identify green businesses

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • ECO Certification

    The ECO Certification Program was been developed in

    1996 to address the need to identify genuine ecotourism

    operators in Australia.

    Ecotourism Certification provides an assurance that a

    certified product is backed by a commitment to best

    practice ecological sustainability, natural area management

    and the provision of quality ecotourism experiences.

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • 10 Principles 1. Business Management & Operational Planning

    2. Responsible Marketing

    3. Customer Satisfaction

    4. Natural Area Focus/Indigenous Culture Focus

    5. Environmental Sustainability

    6. Climate Action

    7. Interpretation & Education

    8. Contribution to Conservation

    9. Working with Local Communities

    10. Cultural Respect & Sensitivity

    Business

    Environmental

    Social &

    Cultural

  • ECO Certification – 3 Levels

    1. Nature Tourism

    Business Management

    Environmental Criteria

    2. Ecotourism

    Business Management

    Environmental Criteria

    Social/Cultural Responsibilities

    3. Advanced Ecotourism

    Business Management

    Environmental Criteria

    Social/Cultural Responsibilities

  • Assessing and Auditing

    Independent assessors

    Independent auditors

    Full qualifications and experience

    mandatory

    Audit every 3 years

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • Marketing and Promotion

  • Global Sustainable Tourism Council

    Working together for the universal adoption of sustainable tourism principles

    United Nations Foundation, United Nations World Tourism Organisation, United Nations Environment Program plus other

    global bodies including Ecotourism Australia

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • 4 ‘Pillars’ 1. Demonstrate effective sustainable management.

    2. Maximize social and economic benefits to the

    local community and minimize negative impacts.

    3. Maximize benefits to cultural heritage and

    minimize negative impacts.

    4. Maximize benefits to the environment and

    minimize negative impacts.

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • 11 CERTIFICATION STANDARDS RECOGNISED DECEMBER 2011

    1. Ecotourism Certification, Ecotourism Australia

    2. Advanced Ecotourism Certification, Ecotourism Australia

    3. Bundesministerium für Land - und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft

    (BMLFUW)‘s Austrian Ecolabel for Tourism (Österreichisches Umweltzeichen)

    4. Costa Rica Tourist Board (ICT)'s Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST)

    5. Ecotourism Ireland’s Ecotourism Ireland Label

    6. European Ecotourism Knowledge Network’s European Ecotourism Labelling Standard

    (EETLS)

    7. Fair Trade in Tourism for South Africa (FTTSA)

    8. Instituto de Turismo Responsable's Biosphere Hotels

    9. Japan Ecolodge Association’s Environmentally sustainable accommodations standard

    10. Rainforest Alliance’s Standard for Tourism Operations

    11. Sustainable Travel International's Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (STEP)

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • National Tourism Accreditation Framework

    - TOURISM QUALITY COUNCIL of AUSTRALIA -

    Department of Resources Energy and Tourism

    Launched 3 April 2011

    Approved programs ECO Certification, Respecting Our

    Culture (ROC) Certification

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • Who wins?

    For Operators the tools to change

    marketing advantage

    continuous improvement

    For Tourists easy identification

    guilt-free holiday

    Increased awareness

    For the Environment conservation

    preservation

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  • Certification provides an excellent framework to

    help you improve your business operations,

    achieve more sustainable goals and deliver a

    better customer experience. It is an ongoing

    partner that helps you maintain a better business

    and help create a better world.

    Christopher Warren

    Proprietor, Crystal Creek Meadows, April 2011

    Winners of:

    - Ecotourism Australia Climate Action Award 2010

    - Australian Tourism Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable

    Tourism 2009

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • Eco Certification not only helped us

    formalise our practices, but also provided

    an excellent baseline to measure

    continued improvements, as well as

    helping to create realistic performance

    targets for the future.

    Tony Baker

    CEO

    Quicksilver Cruises

    www.ecotourism.org.au

  • To be honest, we were relieved when

    we finished the application! It took

    months.

    The interpretation we are now

    delivering to our clients has improved

    as has our staff training and

    documentation.

    Bernard Heimann,

    Managing Director Maxi Action, June 2006

    www.ecotourism.org.au

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  • Want more info?

    www.ecotourism.org.au

    www.sustainabletourismaustralia.com

    www.greentravelleaders.com.au

    www.ecolodgesaustralia.com.au

    www.globaleco.com.au

    Thank you! www.ecotourism.org.au

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