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Becoming eco-certified will create opportunities for you to extend your marketing to increasingly environmentally aware guests and can help you to reduce the costs of running your business.
Generally, these are not the guests who go out for the evening leaving all the lights on, the air-conditioning or heating running at full bore and a tap dripping on the basis that they’ve paid for it.
Eco-tourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.
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.
A joint venture between the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce (VECCI) and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Grow Me The Money
program, is for Victorian Businesses to help them to reduce their impact on the environment and save money doing it.
A new free online carbon calculator for holidaymakers in Australia has been launched by EC3 Global in cooperation with the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC).
The calculator provides a simple four-step process which runs through areas such as transport, accommodation and holiday recreation, and provides users with a breakdown of their carbon foot print as well as where their emissions come from. It also gives tips on how to reduce a holiday's impact and provides links to carbon-offset providers.
You too may wish to explore the EC3 website
which has a wide range of interesting information including a comprehensive system to guide you through the process of achieving sustainable outcomes within your accommodation business. Are you able to become a carbon-offset provider?
State and Territory Governments around Australia offer incentives to individuals and businesses to become more evironmentally able. Relevant websites are:
There are numerous programs that can assist you in regard to making your business more environmentally sustainability.
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