Eco-certified Tourism Destination Program
Supporting Queensland destinations to achieve globally recognised certification as a sustainable tourism destination.
About the program
The $2 million Eco-certified Tourism Destination Program (the program) provides grant funding of up to $150,000 to Queensland local government authorities and regional and local tourism organisations to support our tourism destinations to achieve globally recognised certification through either:
- Ecotourism Australia - ECO Destination Certification program
- EarthCheck – Sustainable Destination Standard program.
The program is a key initiative in response to the Towards 2032: Reshaping Queensland’s visitor economy to welcome the world (PDF, 18.1MB) report, which identifies sustainability as a key catalyst for change, and forms part of the next long-term Towards Tourism 2032 strategy.
The program is designed to:
- position Queensland to become a leader in sustainable tourism
- leverage the growth potential in nature-based tourism experiences
- support the actions required to achieve a Climate Positive Olympics in 2032 and the target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Through a competitive assessment process, 12 destinations were awarded funding to support their certification.
|Recipient name||Destination||Certification program|
|Brisbane Economic Development Agency||Brisbane||EarthCheck Sustainable Destination Standard program|
|Bundaberg Regional Council||Bundaberg||Ecotourism Australia ECO Destination Certification program|
|Cassowary Coast Regional Council||Cassowary Coast||Ecotourism Australia ECO Destination Certification program|
|Etheridge Shire Council||Etheridge Shire||EarthCheck Sustainable Destination Standard program|
|Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited||Gladstone Region||Ecotourism Australia ECO Destination Certification program|
|Gympie Regional Council||Gympie Region||Ecotourism Australia ECO Destination Certification program|
|Livingstone Shire Council||Capricorn Coast||Ecotourism Australia ECO Destination Certification program|
|City of Moreton Bay||City of Moreton Bay||EarthCheck Sustainable Destination Standard program|
|Murweh Shire Council||Murweh Shire||EarthCheck Sustainable Destination Standard program|
|Noosa Shire Council||Noosa Shire||EarthCheck Sustainable Destination Standard program|
|Scenic Rim Regional Council||Scenic Rim||Ecotourism Australia ECO Destination Certification program|
|Townsville City Council||Townsville||Ecotourism Australia ECO Destination Certification program|
The objectives of the program are to:
- fast-track the certification for destinations already engaged in either of the two globally recognised certification programs
- support new destinations to join the certification programs and achieve certification
- support certified destinations to attain a higher level of certification
- build a network of globally recognised certified destinations throughout Queensland.
For grant recipients, funding will support them to achieve a level of destination certification that will:
- help deliver improvements to sustainable practises
- better position the destination as a sustainable, low carbon and climate resilient tourism destination
- enable them to be responsive to changing visitor needs and grow and adapt to future demand for high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.
The Eco-certified Tourism Destination Program Guidelines (PDF, 1.4MB) contain detailed information regarding the grant funding program.
Applications have now closed and the Program is fully subscribed.
Last updated: 03 Nov 2022