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Trek Larapinta is proud to be an accredited Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Program member.
The ROC program was produced through an extensive and ongoing national consultation with Indigenous communities, industry stakeholders and tourism operators. ROC embraces national accreditation standards to ensure tourism experiences meet customer expectations in a professional and sustainable way. It also encourages the industry to operate with respect for Indigenous cultural heritage.
Our Trek Larapinta walks have been accredited as Advanced Eco certified for tourism in natural areas focusing on optimal resources use, conservation practices and helps to support local communities.
Advanced Eco certification assures travellers on our Larapinta walks that our products are backed by a strong and well managed commitment to sustainable practices and that we provide high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
The distinctive ‘yellow tick’ logo provides you with an assurance that the tourism business has a proven commitment to the highest quality of service.
All businesses accredited through the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program meet the Australian Tourism Accreditation Standard which ensures –
- Accuracy in Advertising
- Environmental Practices
- Adherence to a Code of Ethics
Sustainable tourism is on the rise: consumer demand is growing, travel industry suppliers are developing new green programs, and governments are creating new policies to encourage sustainable practices in tourism. But what does “sustainable tourism” really mean? How can it be measured and credibly demonstrated, in order to build consumer confidence, promote efficiency, and fight false claims?
The GSTC Criteria are an effort to come to a common understanding of sustainable tourism, and are the minimum that any tourism business should aspire to reach. They are organized around four main themes:
- effective sustainability planning
- maximizing social and economic benefits for the local community
- enhancing cultural heritage
- reducing negative impacts to the environment.
Although the criteria are initially intended for use by the accommodation and tour operation sectors, they have applicability to the entire tourism industry.
The criteria are part of the response of the tourism community to the global challenges of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability – including climate change – are the main cross-cutting issues that are addressed through the criteria.
The Friends of the Larapinta Trail is a not for profit group dedicated to promoting and maintaining the Larapinta Trail. Located in Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park (Northern Territory), the Larapinta Trail is considered to be one of the best multi-day, long distance walks in Australia. As a long time sponsor of the Friends, Trek Tours Australia have donated over $4,000 to help with the purchase of much needed trail maintenance equipment and to assist with paying their public liability insurance premiums.
We are proud members of Tourism Central Australia – The Heart. The Soul. The Centre.