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Ecotourism Intro & Homework


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An intro to ecotourism and the homework investigation

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Ecotourism Intro & Homework

  1. 1. Ecotourism
  2. 2. Syllabus Link: The concept of sustainable tourism, including the growth of ecotourism • One case study of sustainable tourism in one low- income country
  3. 3. Definition Ecotourism is defined as: "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well- being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education" (TIES, 2015).
  4. 4. Principles of Ecotourism Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles:
  5. 5. The World Tourism Organisation suggests that ecotourism has five main principles : 1. Nature-based forms of tourism with the motivation to appreciate nature as well as culture in natural areas 2. Educational 3. Often specialised, and small group tours 4. Minimises negative impacts 5. Supports natural areas by creating economic benefits for host communities (including employment opportunities) and increasing awareness
  6. 6. Same Same: Eco & Sustainable Tourism • Both attempt to minimise the impact on the environment • Both attempt to minimise the impact on local populations. With ecotourism this might include indigenous groups. • Both aim to create a unique and enjoyable experience for tourists. • Both aim to educate tourists about responsible travel • Both hope to be sustainable over the long-term.
  7. 7. But Different: Eco & Sustainable Tourism • Ecotourism is usually on a smaller scale, whereas sustainable tourism can be on a much larger scale • Sustainable tourism also focuses on the economic needs of areas • Ecotourism is usually to remote areas of natural beauty, where sustainable tourism can be to any location e.g. cities or beaches • Ecotourism usually involves physical activity. • Ecotourism is a type of tourism that is included under the umbrella of sustainable tourism
  8. 8. Homework Long Response Question Using examples from LICs evaluate whether ecotourism is an effective strategy to manage and sustain the growing global tourist industry. • Two page max. Use resources on adorngeo/google classroom. • Intro – define key terms, introduce main ideas, including the purpose of ecotourism. • Paragraphs that follow – divide up into benefits/drawbacks for the natural environment/people. • Include relevant case studies and specific examples • Conclusion – on balance, is it an effective strategy?