Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort- founding member of Eco Lodges of Australia

Noosa Australia (October 25, 2010) – Fourteen of Australia’s leading independent ECO tourism properties have joined a new marketing group, Eco Lodges of Australia which was launched today at the Global ECO Asia Pacific Conference in Noosa.

As a founding member Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort are proud to have joined this collection of independent ECO lodges and camps offering the ECO conscious traveller responsible, ethical and sustainable ECO experiences in Australia’s most inspiring and extraordinary natural locations.

ECO lodges of Australia is made up of Advanced Ecotourism certified accommodation providers in Australia, managed by Ecotourism Australia.

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is delighted to join ECO lodges of Australia” said Peter Gash, Managing Director of the resort. “As part of this marketing consortium, we’re dedicating ourselves to raising awareness of the environmentally responsible and properly credential accommodation operators around Australia.

We are thrilled that Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is a foundation member of our new marketing consortium, ECO lodges of Australia. More and more travellers are looking to make responsible choices in the places they choose to stay and we have a responsibility to help them identify the most environmentally friendly accommodation options, said Kym Cheatham, CEO, Ecotourism Australia. “We look forward to working with Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort to help market ECO lodges of Australia and educate the traveller so that they do not get confused by the various ‘green claims’ in the marketplace.’

ECO lodges of Australia is made up of various styles of accommodation throughout Australia who have achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification.

The 14 founding members of ECO lodges of Australia are:

Amarant Yarra Valley,Victoria
Corinna Wilderness Experience,Tasmania
Freycinet Eco Retreat, Tasmania
Great Ocean Ecolodge, Victoria
Jabiru Safari Lodge, Queensland
Karijini Eco Retreat, Western Australia
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, Queensland
Lane Cove River Tourist Park, New South Wales
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Queensland
Paperbark Camp, New South Wales
Rawnsley Park Eco-Villas, South Australia
Silky Oaks Lodge , Queensland
Thala Beach Lodge, Queensland
Venus Bay Eco Retreat, Victoria

For more information about the Ecotourism Australia, please visit www.ecotourism.org.au

About Ecotourism Australia
The Ecotourism Australia vision: To be leaders in assisting ecotourism and other committed tourism operations to become environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and socially and culturally responsible.
Ecotourism Australia’s ECO certification program was a world first. It provides objective monitoring and auditing of organisations’ ecotourism claims and provides travel agents and tourists with an assurance of best practice ecological sustainability, natural area management and quality ecotourism experiences.

For more information contact:
Kym Cheatham, Chief Executive Officer, Ecotourism Australia E: ceo@ecotourism.org.au, M: 0427 279 414
www.ecotourism.org.au
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