Ecotourism Australia launches 2011-2012 Green Travel Guide

Ecotourism Australia launches 2011-2012 Green Travel Guide

Ecotourism Australia is pleased to release the Green Travel Guide Australia 2011/2012. “Ecotourism Australia celebrates its 20th Birthday this year, and this year’s Green Travel Guide Australia is a tribute to the growth of responsible and sustainable tourism in Australia,” Ms Kym Cheatham, CEO of Ecotourism Australia said. “The 2011/2012 Green Travel Guide Australia features over 1000 Australian tourism experiences that offer responsible, ethical and sustainable tourism experiences.”

The Green Travel Guide Australia 2011/2012 also features the newly launch Eco Lodges of Australia brand, a marketing initiative of Advanced Ecotourism Certified accommodation experience in Australia.
“Australia is globally recognised for outstanding ecotourism experiences. Eco Lodges of Australia offers the ECO conscious traveller responsible, ethical and sustainable ECO experiences in Australia’s most amazing natural locations.” Ms Cheatham said.

The Green Travel Guide Australia 2011/2012 also highlights tourism operators who have been ECO certified for 10 years or more, under the logo of the Green Travel Leaders of Australia.

Ms Kym Cheatham said. ”Long before most people were thinking about green issues, these businesses saw the importance of creating minimal impact experiences by linking conservation and tourism, and ensuring they behaved in a responsible, ethical and sustainable way.”

The Green Travel Guide is the definitive consumer and industry guide to the best in environmentally responsible tourism experiences in Australia. It is available in limited number of hard copies and online, which sees nearly 8,000 copies downloaded every year.

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Ecotourism Australia is celebrating its 20th year this year and its certification programs were announced by the Federal Tourism Minister as one of the first to be included in the newly formed National Accreditation framework, TQUAL on 2 April 2011. Ecotourism Australia introduced the world first ECO certification program in 1996 and now has more than 1000 tourism products certified through their programs.