Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

LITTLE FISH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING JOINS ECOTOURISM AUSTRALIA COMMUNITY

Little Fish Tourism Development Consulting is a boutique tourism product, training and experiences development consultancy based in the Whitsundays. Owned and directed by Crystal Lacey, who is passionate about environmental education and exceptional quality assurance, loves helping local tourism businesses.

With 15 years of experience in water tourism and administration, Little Fish is the go-to tourism and marine expert in the Whitsundays. The consultancy provides services that assist tourism businesses in managing their staff, products, guest experiences and auditing.

Little Fish understand giving guests the best experience creates lasting memories and referrals for their clients. Little Fish can help with a wide range of services including product enhancement and development, policies and procedures reviews, business framework audits, stakeholder connections and conducting professional staff training courses across the following areas:

  • Workplace health and safety
  • Marine education and training
  • Guide interpretation and immersive storytelling
  • CPR First Aid 

Little Fish also coordinate their clients to become a Master Reef Guides and be a part of bringing to life the mindboggling magic of the reef. Master Reef Guides are recognised as world-leading coral reef guides, sharing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. For more about this, visit this website.

Little Fish Master Reef Guide

We are happy to welcome Little Fish Tourism Development Consulting to the Ecotourism Australia Business Community.

To find out more, visit the Little Fish Tourism Development Consulting website or check them out on their Facebook & Instagram pages.

MEDIA RELEASE: GOOGLE NOW SHOWCASES ECO CERTIFICATION IN ACCOMMODATION LISTINGS

Google has started showcasing accommodation businesses’ ECO Certification status on its listings, just days before the start of October – the month in which Ecotourism Australia officially celebrates its 30th birthday.

The move comes in response to an increasing traveller demand for sustainable travel options and a call for greater transparency from an industry plagued by greenwashing.

Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Certification program is listed among 29 third party certification programs worldwide acknowledged as meeting Google’s sustainability standards. These standards include certification agencies using globally recognised and reputed criteria, assessing accommodations on at least the four categories of energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and sustainable sourcing, and conducing on-site audits.

Ecotourism Australia Chair, Claire Ellis, said it was another great opportunity for Ecotourism Australia’s members to stand out in the global market.  

“Both domestically and internationally, sustainability is becoming much more important to our visitors. With our planned domestic border openings and resumption of international travel, this recognition of quality from one of the industry’s heavyweights will give our Ecotourism Australia members – especially our 110 certified accommodations – a great boost at a time when they really need it,” she said.

There has been a rapid growth in certification applications across the tourism industry as operators recognise the growing consumer demand for real change in this area. Accommodation properties spread across much of regional Australia will now be labelled ‘Eco-certified’ in Google search results, with a leaf-shaped icon and more information about the property’s sustainability initiatives in the ‘About’ tab.

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Net-Zero carbon emissions by 2050

To be able to serve the needs of the ten billion people expected to fly in 2050, at least 1.8 gigatons of carbon must be abated in that year. Moreover, the net zero commitment implies that a cumulative total of 21.2 gigatons of carbon will be abated between now and 2050.

TOURISM OPERATORS KICKING SUSTAINABILITY GOALS IN SEPTEMBER

It takes dedication and passion to pave the way for a sustainable future. By beginning their ECO Certification journey, tourism operators can ensure they are putting in place effective and ethical sustainability practices for the longevity of their operation and the conservation of the natural environment. Here are the tourism operators who completed their criteria and achieved certification September 2021! 

 

Outdoor Experience Factory 

Outdoor Experience Factory NSW compilation

[Photos: Outdoor Experience Factory]

Nature Tourism certified Outdoor Experience Factory are lucky enough to call some of New South Wales’ best landscapes their outdoor playground. These thrill-seekers show travellers a unique perspective of the Howes Valley, either from the seat of an all-terrain buggy, next to a tranquil natural waterfall, or from a hiking path through the untamed bush.

The team will even make sure you leave with a gallery of photos and videos to share your adventure with family and friends!

While they work and play amongst New South Wales’ finest natural areas, Outdoor Experience Factory underwent ECO Certification to ensure they were mitigating their impact on the natural environment they depend on. Part of their sustainability journey includes educating guests on their surroundings to enhance their appreciation for the environment, both on an Outdoor Experience Factory tour and beyond.

These adrenaline-junkies will wow you with their selection of adventures for any occasion. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram for more!

 

NoTraces Bushwalking Australia

NoTraces Bushwalking Australia NT Tjaynera Falls

[Photo: NoTraces Bushwalking Australia]

Ecotourism certified NoTraces Bushwalking Australia was born when founder and experienced outdoorsman Sebastien Heritier sought an opportunity to share his Australia-wide and international wilderness experience with others. Travellers to the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and Tasmania looking for the best bushwalks in the state can rely on Sebastien’s expertise and deep-rooted passion for bushwalking to gain more than just the thrill of exploration, but an appreciation for flora and fauna.

The company’s philosophy is in its name – the NoTraces Bushwalking Australia team aims to nurture the natural environment through leaving only footprints throughout the Australian bush. For their longer journeys, they won’t wash dishes in waterways, have eliminated soaps and dishwashing products to avoid waterway contamination and encourage low toxicity products. A deep respect for Aboriginal art and sites of cultural significance is embedded in their tours, with strict policies to protect Indigenous rock art that visitors have the pleasure of viewing for the preservation of culture.

You can trust NoTraces Bushwalking Australia to curate a bushwalking adventure that protects the environment and one of the world’s longest living cultures. See what’s on offer on their Facebook

 

Elixir Journeys

Elixir Journeys NSW picnic by beach

[Photo: Elixir Journeys]

Elixir Journeys are proponents of the tourism industry being the key to enhancing appreciation for our natural surrounds. So why not enjoy it in style? Our newly Ecotourism certified operator adds a little luxury to all of their carefully crafted experiences set amongst beautiful landscapes located just 90 minutes north of Sydney, New South Wales.

Elixir Journey sets the scene for relaxing private and small-group getaways, surrounding you with delicious food and wine that has a focus on creating a low carbon impact. They value highlighting local products through their barefoot luxury experiences, sourcing locally when possible so you can explore the region through taste.

You don’t just enjoy the region when you visit, either: Elixir Journeys allows every traveller to give back to the community through their commitment to projects like the Koala Clancy Foundation, who will receive $5 for every guest at Elixir Journeys.

Catch a glimpse on their Facebook and Instagram!