Accreditation and Memberships
Raw Wildlife Encounters is a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the peak body for Australia’s travel agents. Apart from being the
voice of travel agents across Australia, AFTA provides financial, legal and marketing benefits, education and training, and develops policies and strategies critical
to the retail travel sector.
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES): www.ecotourism.org
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, TIES has been in the forefront of the development of ecotourism, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, research and publications. TIES' global network of ecotourism professionals and travelers is leading the efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity, and sustainable community development.
Through membership services, industry outreach and educational programs, TIES is committed to helping organizations, communities and individuals promote and practice the principles of ecotourism. TIES currently has members in more than 90 countries, representing various professional fields and industry segments including: academics, consultants, conservation professionals and organizations, governments, architects, tour operators, lodge owners and managers, general development experts, and ecotourists.
The Travel Compensation Fund: www.tcf.org.au
Raw Wildlife Encounters is a member of the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF). As a consumer, you are protected by law. To be eligible as an Australian travel agent, you must satisfy the financial criteria that TCF put in place.