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Samerdanta Sinulingga, S.ST.Par, M.Par
Yang ingin mengutip tulisan ini dapat menuliskan pada daftar pustakanya
Sinulingga. Samerdanta. 2013. PENGANTAR EKOWISATA. Universitas sumatera utara.
(tulisan ini belum sempurna, tanggapan saya mengenai berbagai kutipan dibawah ini masih di urungkan
karena ternyata di medan ini, sering mati lampu. Dengan pertimbangan baterai laptop yang kian
terkuras, maka saya mem-publish sementara tulisan ini)
1.1 Latar Belakang
Sejarah Munculnya Ekowisata
The termecotourism emerged in the late 1980s as a direct result of theworld’sacknowledgment and
reaction to sustainable practices and global ecologicalpractices. In these instances, the natural-based
element of holiday activitiestogether with the increased awareness to minimise the ‘antagonistic’
impacts oftourism on the environment (which is the boundless consumption of environmentalresources)
contributed to the demand for ecotourism holidays. Thisdemandwas also boosted by concrete evidence
that consumers had shifted awayfrom mass tourism towards experiences that were more individualistic
andenriching. In addition, these experiences were claimed to be associated with ageneral search for the
natural component during holidays (Kusler, 1991a, b;Hvenegaard, 1994; Dowling, 1996). Generally
speaking, the grounds in whichecotourism operates are associated with the alternative forms of tourism
orspecial interest travel, and the tourismproducts generated fromthese segments.Here, the concern
which emerged was that although ecotourism generated alarge volume of demand both from the
consumers and the stakeholders, itbecame subject to claims that it was a new form ofmass tourism.
Looking at theevidence of this claim, the literature on ecotourism is divided into two broadschools of
thought (Jaakson, 1997; Diamantis, 1998a):
· firstly, the location case-studies raising issues concerning the impacts ofecotourism; and
· secondly the thematic studies illustrating issues regarding planning anddevelopment,where case
studies are focused onthemethodological issues.
In both instances, therewere a few concrete studies evaluating thedefinitionalperspective of
ecotourism,which this paper aims to discuss. In examining theseissues the discussion centres around two
main themes: the definitional frameworksof ecotourism; and the natural-based, sustainable and
educational componentsof ecotourism.
Tulisan diatas ini Berasal dari:
Dimitrios Diamantis. The Concept of Ecotourism: Evolution and Trends, Les Roches Management School,
Tourism Research Centre, CH-3975, Bluche (
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The proposal for fusing conservation and tourism was first contrived by Budowski in 1976, and the term
‘ecotourism’ emerged shortly after in the late 1980’s (Orams 1995). The negative impacts of mass
tourism on the environment was just being realized, and in order to sustain their livelihood tourist
companies were beginning to explore tourism management options and the concept of “eco-friendly”
tourism (Jamal et al 2006). The idea was largely supported by the public, who expressed significant
interest in experiencing pristine natural habitats that were continually protected from exploitation and
degradation (Orams 1995). The sequential development can be seen below in Figure 1.
Figure 1: The chronological development of the concept of sustainable tourism and ecotourism. Adapted
from Swarbrooke (1999).
Several major factors led to the rise of ecotourism. As seen in Figure 2, the desire to forge relationships
between several major ideas and concepts resulted in the conception of ecotourism (Jamal et al 2006).
Sustainable funding for conservation was primary motive for ecotourism, however ecotourism planners
and researchers quickly realized the diversity and number of stakeholders affected by ecotourism (Jamal
et al 2006). Thus, a more comprehensive definition of ecotourism was formed, the components of which
can be seen in Figure 2 (Jamal et al 2006).
Figure 2: The major components influencing the rise of ecotourims (Jamal et al 2006)
The World Ecotourism Summit in 2002 narrowed ecotourism down to 8 postulates that are currently
utilized today. Crabtree et al (2002) noted that outcome of the summit conference were the views that
1. have a natural area focus that ensures visitors have the opportunity to personally and directly
2. provide interpretation or educational services that give visitors the opportunity to experience
nature in ways that lead to greater understanding, appreciation and enjoyment;
3. represent best practice in ecological sustainability practices;
4. contribute to conservation of natural areas and cultural heritage;
5. provide ongoing contributions to the local community;
6. respect and be sensitive to the culture/s existing in the area;
7. consistently meet consumer expectations; and
8. be marketed and promoted honestly and accurately so that realistic expectations are formed.
The formation of these fundamentals was a significant advancement within ecotoursim, as it eventually
produced the International Ecotourism Standard, a standardized definition of ecotourism that was
distributed and recognized world wide (Crabtree et al 2002).
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Ecotourism is often looked at as a modern phenomenon, something that happened when
environmentally-aware people started getting enough money together in their lives to travel to those
places they'd only read about. This is just not true. Ecotourism is as old as tourism itself.
In fact, ecotourism history is embedded in the literature of Western civilization: Caesar's travelogues
from Britain and Gaul, Marco Polo's exploration, and Aristotle's stories of the strange people of Egypt
are all precursors to modern ecotourism. These xamples did not have tourism as their main goal, but
rather conquest, trade, and the pursuit of knowledge took center stage.
Still, how much difference is there between ecotourism and our earliest explorations, if you remove the
more venial goals? Only when exploration itself became the motivation for travel was ecotourism born,
but the similarities are still there: the exploration of a relatively-wild part of the world, with the goal to
understand the flora, fauna, and other cultures found therein.
In Victorian England, the separation began, and an entire class of gentleman and lady explorers sprang
up, mounted elephants, and started thundering through the savannahs and jungles of Africa and Asia,
sending back missives and quaintly-worded novels to their friends and family at home.
The Adventurers' Clubs: Victorian Ecotourism
From elephant safari hunters to Tarzan to Charles Darwin, you can clearly see the roots of modern
ecotourism in Victorian times. Male and female adventurers, invariably members of the idle rich, packed
steamer trunks and purchased trendy (at the time) khaki suits perfect for sweating it out in the steamy
This, however, wasn't pure ecotourism as it exists today. Instead, the Victorians made numerous
blunders we should learn from in our own movement toward a more sustainable appreciation of nature.
Start with preservation of species. The Victorians were notable hunters for trophies, and shooting
elephants and water buffalo, lions and gorillas, were par for the course during your African safari. Even
those who did not shoot were in the habit of purchasing beautifully-carved ivory trinkets, or elephantfoot umbrella stands. Their impact was twofold in the end: first, their stories and letters brought back
the real world of Africa for others to put into books and art and, eventually, movies. But secondly,
and more sinister, their veritable rape of the wilds taught the impoverished cultures they moved
through that the way to get the crazy Europeans' money was to destroy their own ecosystems.
And so it went.
Modern Ecotourism History
What is surprising: we haven't learned as much as you might imagine from the history of ecotourism.
Modern ecotourism, beginning in the 1980s, has brought an unheard- of prosperity to countries like
Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Nepal.
However, many of the same old mistakes are being made. Instead of minimizing impact, as a true
ecotourist should, by rough camping or staying with host families, many are opting to stay in some of
the large hotels that tend to spring up in these often ecologically-sensitive areas. Ecotourists hike
through inaccessible areas - after driving there in poorly-maintained diesel Jeeps. Governments thriving
on ecotourism dollars force programs on the indigenous population that they neither want nor need, in
order to bring more tourists in.
Looking back at ecotourism history, we should all strive to:
1. Have minimal, no, or positive impact on the ecosystems and people we visit.
2. Provide environmentally-responsible employment to the people of these areas - sharing the
wealth without damaging the world.
3. Eschew luxury in favor of wasting nothing and leaving behind no trash or mark that we were
4. Appreciate and enjoy the flora, fauna, and cultures of the areas we visit, and leave them exactly
the same for their own sake and for the sake of others who want to enjoy their beauty.
With goals such as these, ecotourism could be a means for preserving things that would otherwise be
lost for centuries to come, giving to the future in ways that ecotourism's history has never done before.
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