Australia’s National Landscapes was formed between Tourism Australia and Parks Australia, establishing a partnership between tourism and conservation to identify Australia’s iconic landscapes and capture and promote areas of outstanding natural beauty and cultural significance. 16 areas in total have been incorporated into the program. Recently, National Landscapes have defined a criteria for the selection of Signature Nature Products in each of these areas.
Ecotourism Australia is pleased to have our ECO certification recognised in the criteria. This is also great news for our certified businesses operating within National Landscapes areas. The program recognises T-QUAL endorsed accreditation, including Ecotourism Australia certification, for tourism operators as a key criterion for submissions. Additionally, as per criteria for conservation of natural and cultural values;
- Products that carry Ecotourism Australia certification automatically meet the first two points of this criterion, but will need to demonstrate its contribution to the conservation of the natural/cultural values of the National Landscape through either physical, financial or in-kind assistance, and;
- Products that carry Ecotourism Australia’s Advanced Ecotourism certification automatically meet all components of this criterion.
State and Territory Tourism Organisations (STOs) will work in collaboration with National Landscape Steering Committees to select the best world-class nature and cultural experiences within their Landscapes, which meet the Product Criteria guidelines.
For more information on Australia’s National Landscapes, click here.