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What is ECO Destination Certification?

The ECO Destination Certification program assures travelers that certified destinations are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high-quality nature-based tourism experiences within the region.

By becoming a certified ECO Destination you will join an established global network of like-minded destinations striving for ecotourism excellence. 

Destination certification is about much more than the tourism sector: it's about real, tangible environmental sustainability being demonstrated by how the community as a whole operates. 

ECO Destination Certification combines Ecotourism Australia’s Pre-qualifying & Additional ecotourism criteria and the internationally (GSTC) recognised and accredited Green Destinations Standard and certification program.

Destinations can choose from three (3) levels of ECO Destination Certification:

  • Nature Destination Certification
  • Ecotourism Destination Certification
  • Green Destinations Certified (Ecotourism)

Nature Destination

A tourism destination with a focus on ecotourism and meets 80% of the international GSTC-recognised Green Destinations standard.

Ecotourism Destination

A tourism destination with a strong focus on ecotourism and meets 90% of the international GSTC-recognised Green Destinations standard.

Green Destinations Certified (Ecotourism)

A tourism destination with a very strong, dedicated ecotourism focus and meets the 100% of the international GSTC-recognised Green Destinations Standard. This is a GSTC-accredited certification.

For more information about the benefits, process, fees and support options of this program, check out the blue menu items on this page or download our ECO Destination Certification Essentials brochure here.

 

Thank you to "Tourism Port Douglas Daintree" for the header image.