Ecotourism Australia (EA) is a not for profit organisation focused on inspiring environmentally sustainable and culturally responsible tourism. It designs and delivers certification programs for tourism products, representing more than 500 environmentally responsible ecotourism operators and 1,500 products across Australia.

EA is committed to helping tourism operations to become environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially and culturally responsible. EA works closely with diverse industry sectors including ecotourism operators; protected area managers and other government agencies; local and regional tourism associations; tourism, environmental, interpretation and training consultants; tourism planners; academics; students; and travellers.

Formed in 1991 as the first national ecotourism body in the world, EA has made a significant contribution to environmental sustainability in Australia through its ground breaking certification programs, including:

Now in its 26th year, EA is having an increasing impact on sustainability at the global level. In 2015, EA’s ECO Certification program became one of the first tourism certification programs in the world to gain Global Sustainable Tourism Council-Approved status, demonstrating that it meets credible international sustainable tourism criteria. In 2014, EA formed a partnership with Coastal and Marine Eco Tourism (COMET) to deliver ECO certification in southern Africa. EA has MOU’s with UNESCO, the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Taiwan Ecotourism Association, and the Vanuatu Department of Tourism.

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