Businesses wishing to embark on a quest to become more environmentally conscious will be provided incentive support from Bundaberg Regional Council through a new initiative.
On top of ECO Certification support that is already offered, Council has also begun supporting businesses to gain Climate Action Certification.
The aim of the ECO certification incentive is to grow visitor economy and promote ecotourism by providing a 50 per cent cash subsidy to eligible businesses/operators to offset the first annual certification fee payable to Ecotourism Australia.
Environment portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said certification was an important part of letting travellers know that tourism products – including tours, accommodations and attractions – had a primary focus of nature.
“These levels of certification assure travellers that products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices,” he said.
“In a region made up of a range of nature-based opportunities, certification is an important process in recognising and respecting our environment and encouraging travellers to do the same.”
Cr Honor said ecotourism was one of the fastest growing sectors of global tourism.
“Council’s advocacy position is to grow the region’s visitor economy through market development as an ECO Certified Destination,” he said.
“This would enable the Bundaberg Region to become a high-quality and recognisable destination to visitors while further increasing the sustainability credentials of our businesses.”
To find out the eligibility criteria or to apply for ECO Certification or Climate Action Certification click here.