What is eco-tourism?What is eco-tourism?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ecotourism is tourism that is centered around areas that have not been overcome by tourism. Areas of ecotourism are usually very pristine, natural, clean, and protected. Many people like ecotourism because it is a great way to learn about the natural and untouched environment.

I am posting a link for the International Ecotourism Society. They are dedicated to promoting ecotourism and it a great place to finds loads of ecotourism facts. They define ecotourism as:

Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ecotourism is when people from one place go to another place to see natural things that they could not see in their home country or region.  They are going to a second region or place to see an ecosystem (typically) that does not exist in their home.

So for example, an American who went to the Marshall Islands to go diving on the coral reefs of an atoll would be an ecotourist.

Ecotourism, therefore, depends on the existence of fairly pristine environments in the country where people might want to go.  It is an economic motive for people in developing countries to keep their environments undamaged.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
People have become more and more interested in the more exotic places of the world now that information is so prevalent and travel has become cheaper and easier. And Survivor keeps holding reality shows in the rain forest. As long as it is responsible, as the above poster notes, I think it's good to remind people of the beauty of the world.
thiksha | Student

'Ecotourism (also known as ecological tourism') is responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale. ...

lit24 | Student

"Eco-Tourism" is the latest mantra of travel writers.The Australian Commission on National Ecotourism Strategy defines it as :

"nature-based tourism that involves education and interpretation of the natural environment and is managed to be ecologically sustainable" .

It refers to travel and tourism in natural areas which are usually remote and inaccessible. However, merely visiting these areas would not constitute 'eco-tourism.'  The travel and visit to these natural areas must aim at conservation of the natural area and also do something to improve the livelihood of the local people. Eco-tourism's main aim is to create environmental awareness and provide financial benefits for the local people. It must be done in a way that the negative impact is minimal, that is, the number of tourists must be regulated and hotels and other infrastructure cause minimum damage to the local environment.


giorgiana1976 | Student

Eco-tourism or sustainable tourism, means the ability of tourist's destination to remain competitive against all the issues occured, to attract visitors for the first time and to gain their loyalty and then, to remain unique, in terms of culture and to respect equilibrium with the environment.

The goals of sustainable tourism are:

- Improve quality of life of host community;

- To provide intra-and inter-generational equity;

- To protect the environment by maintaining biological diversity and ecological systems;

- To ensure cultural integrity and social cohesion of host community;

- To provide high quality experiences for visitors.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Eco-tourism is responsible tourism to places that have their natural environment and other natural objects of interests unspoilt or unaltered by human activity. Being responsible tourism means that the tourist activities are carried out in a manner that does not alter the natural environment and features of the tourist destinations.

Eco-tourism is organized as a business for profit, as well as for promoting environmental conservation activities by generating awareness and interest in preserving natural environments.

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