Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort and Lady Elliot Island Day Tours were awarded Advanced Eco certification by Ecotourism Australia in 2009. The Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort’s day to day operations and interpretation program meets the requirements of the Advanced Eco Tourism certification.
Ecotourism Australia was formed in 1991 as an incorporated non-profit organisation, and is the peak national body for the ecotourism industry. The Ecotourism Certification Program is Ecotourism Australia's flagship program. Ecotourism certification is for nature tourism operators and it provides industry, protected area managers, local communities and travellers with an assurance that the certified experience is backed by a commitment to best practice ecological sustainability, natural area management and the provision of quality ecotourism experiences. Developed in Australia in 1996, the Ecotourism certification was the first environmental certification for the tourism industry in the world.
The Association has a diverse membership that includes key industry sectors and including ecotourism accommodation, tour and attraction operators; tourism planners; protected area managers; academics and students; tourism, environmental, interpretation and training consultants; local and regional tourism associations and travellers.
Tourism operators in Australia who have their tour, attraction or accommodation accredited under the ECO Certification Program can genuinely claim to provide authentic ecotourism product.
Advanced Ecotourism: Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is also a foundation member of Eco Lodges of Australia launched in October 2010.
For further information, please visit Ecotourism Australia’s website.