MEDIA RELEASE: NEW ECOTOURISM HALL OF FAME ENTRANTS SHOW CERTIFICATION IS A FRAMEWORK FOR LONG-TERM SUCCESS
As Ecotourism Australia celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021, four of Australia’s premier nature-based tourism operators celebrate their entry into the organisation’s Hall of Fame for being certified for 20 years.
The awards come at a time when state and international borders are set to reopen, allowing freer movement of fully vaccinated – and in many cases more sustainably minded – travellers.
New Hall of Fame entrants are Australian Luxury Escapes (NSW), Great Adventures – Green Island Resort (QLD), Moonraker Dolphin Swims (VIC) and Phillip Island Nature Parks (VIC).
Ecotourism Australia CEO Rod Hillman said this showed both resilience and a dedication to continuous innovation and business development:
“The feedback we consistently get from our members is that their certification is a business development tool, equipping them to establish good business practices and enabling them to be better prepared for events and crises that could impact their business,” he said.
For new Hall of Fame entrants, meeting this milestone signifies their contribution to making the ecotourism industry what it is today and solidifies their position in the industry as its most enduring ecotourism innovators.
“Nature Parks is proud to be ECO certified, as it’s one way we can demonstrate our commitment to conservation and nature-based tourism to our visitors,” said Kate Adams, Visitor Experience Manager of Phillip Island Nature Parks.
Operators entering the Hall of Fame will be awarded special plaques commemorating their achievement, just as 37 businesses before them have been since the Hall of Fame was launched at the Global Eco Asia Pacific Tourism Conference in 2018.
Twenty-six other certified operators also be celebrating this year, having achieved the milestone of 10 years of certification. These operators are called Green Travel Leaders – a title that has been awarded to 43% of Ecotourism Australia certified operators since 2006.
This year, new Green Travel Leaders came from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.
Continuing to explore Australia’s vast and multifaceted backyard is one of the many steps people can take to help support the recovery of the nation’s tourism industry.
By looking for the Hall of Fame icon and Green Travel Leader logo on Ecotourism Australia’s Green Travel Guide, Australians can be sure they are supporting environmentally responsible tourism operations who have at least a decade of experience to showcase.
Contact: Lina Cronin, Communications Manager – 07 3256 6777 / [email protected]
New Hall of Fame members – 2021
• Broadwater Haven
• Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge
• Mt Cotton Retreat
• NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park
• Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom – Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours
• Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
• The Tour Collective
• Yongala Dive
• Narnu Farm
• Naturaliste Charters