A brand new settlement between long-term business companions, Ecotourism Australia and the Queensland Tourism Trade Council will see the cross-recognition of one another’s certification packages.
Ecotourism Australia (EA) certifies Australian nature-based tourism operators and locations by means of its ECO, Respecting our Tradition, Local weather Motion and vacation spot certification packages. Queensland Tourism Trade Council (QTIC) certifies Queensland-based tourism companies by means of the nationwide High quality Tourism Accreditation program.
The brand new settlement will see Ecotourism Australia’s over 200 licensed operators in Queensland obtain all advantages of the High quality Tourism Accreditation program (QTAB).
These advantages embody licencing to make use of the nationally recognised High quality Tourism Accreditation branding, entry to their very own ReviewPro on-line status administration dashboard and automated eligibility for the Queensland Tourism Awards. Operators can even solely be charged one, unchanged charge and be topic to a single, triennial audit.
Chair of Ecotourism Australia, Dr Claire Ellis, praised the settlement, saying it was a logical evolution of the organisations’ long-standing relationship and famous “our business depends on robust partnerships and now, greater than ever earlier than, it is important we work collectively for the advantage of our operators and the business extra broadly. This is not going to solely make companies stronger and save them cash however allow ourselves and QTIC to supply extra built-in assist as we work in direction of the sustainable restoration of our business.”
Ecotourism Australia Chief Government, Rod Hillman enthused “that is an instance of a partnership the business has been searching for the place tour companies now have a ‘one cease store’ for his or her certification, at a major low cost. Offering complimentary QTAB certification to all Queensland primarily based EA certifications brings the numerous advantages of each packages collectively and offers a seamless entry to the Tourism Awards and entry to ReviewPro.”
Shane O’Reilly, QTIC Chair and Managing Director of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, an Ecotourism Australia Corridor of Fame entrant, mentioned that the settlement was a strong reflection of how each organisations give attention to their members, their future sustainability and viability and interact them in methods to make their members extra strong, and extra resilient.
“Whereas this may finally strengthen each EA and QTIC as properly, it’s (the organisations’) give attention to their members reasonably than themselves which makes this sharing of advantages such a particular initiative. Tourism companies want this sort of initiative and grounded assist and I encourage others within the political enviornment to take discover.”
Picture: QTIC Chief Government Daniel Gschwind and EA Chief Government Rod Hillman with the signed settlement
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