A new report from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has revealed the cost of Australian ecotours.
The report, Ecotourist in 2020, found the average price of an Australian ecocenter was $8,700.
That compares to a national average of $3,800.
The findings are based on a survey of ecotourers, who are paid to tour the country.
They said the average tour cost $15,800, which equates to about $5,000 per day.
The chamber found the industry had grown from around 25,000 to 30,000 people in the past five years, with many working full time and some on temporary contracts.
It found ecotowers often pay out to tourists to work for as little as $4,000 a week.
They also pay a small amount of money to the local Government in return for a small percentage of their tours.
“The government is not making money from ecotower tours,” the chamber report states.
“In fact, it is funding the industry in a way that is very wasteful.”
The chamber said the Government had “lost its way” and needed to invest in ecotoughts to protect the environment.
“This report highlights a need to reform the tax, insurance and licence system that is not only a barrier to investment, but is also one of the primary causes of the current economic crisis,” it said.
The government has already announced a national strategy to promote ecotreating.