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WHAT IS ECO CERTIFICATION?

TiCSA has a partnership with Ecotourism Australia to deliver its Eco Certification programs to our members.

The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.

ECO Certification is product-specific— this means that you will need to answer the criteria as it applies specifically to each of your products. This also means that you are able to apply for ECO Certification even if not all of your products are nature-based.

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THE 3 LEVELS OF ECO CERTIFICATION

  • Nature Tourism
    Tourism in natural areas that leaves minimal impact on the environment.

  • Ecotourism
    Tourism in a natural area that focuses on optimal resources use, leaves minimal impact on the environment and offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with operators that use resources wisely, contribute to conserving the environment and help local communities.

  • Advanced Ecotourism
    Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products that operate with minimal impact on the environment and provide opportunities to learn about the environment with operators who are committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping local communities.

BENEFITS

  • FREE TiCSA Membership with certification
  • Operator credibility and recognition
  • Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) approval
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Ecotourism Australia attendance at ATE
  • Membership with Ecotourism Australia
  • Operator discounts
  • Eligibility for a 3 or 5-year Commercial Tour Operators licence

FEES

ECO Certification fees are based on your business’ gross annual turnover.

Your turnover Once-only application fee Ongoing annual fee Discounted annual fee for Climate Action Certification
(when added to ECO or ROC)
Less than $250,000 $395 $565 $130
$250,001 – $1,000,000 $455 $795 $195
$1,000,001 – $5,000,000 $575 $1,140 $270
$5,000,001 – $10,000,000 $695 $1,350 $325
More than $10,000,000 $925 $1,525 $375

Fees remain the same regardless of the level of certification you achieve. Prices are current as at January 2019.

*Please note: all operators that meet ECO certification automatically get ATAP Accreditation.

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