What is Eco-Tourism?
Ecotourism, also known as ecological tourism, is a form of Sustainable Tourism, differing by its focus on ecology. Ecotourism focuses on volunteering, personal growth, and learning new ways to live on the planet; typically involving travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions.
Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment, and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is in the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creation of economic opportunities for the local communities. Such changes have become a statement affirming one’s social identity, educational sophistication, and disposable income as it has about preserving the Amazon rainforest or the Caribbean reef for posterity.
Responsible Tourism Links:
- Introduction to Responsible Tourism
- What is Responsible Tourism
- Learn more about Sustainable Tourism
- Learn more about Community-based Tourism
- Learn more about Coastal Sustainable Tourism
- Learn how you can help make a difference
- Learn more about green-friendly hotels