The differences or similarities of Ecotourism-vs-Geotourism

Brilliant post by Not A Clue Adventures!

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Crowley CreekEcotourism – The Definition

Ecotourism is now 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).  Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.

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:

  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
  • Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and…

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Eco Tourism

In Natural Heritage, we have to do evaluations of different countries and their experience with Eco Tourism. I will be trying to find a country in the East Asia/Pacific area to work on. I think it will be very interesting. It’s an almost impossible thing to get right – when someone turns up at a destination with their big boots and high expectations, nature and culture of the host country will often suffer – at least unless you have a strategy for how to make tourism sustainable – not only with regards to the environment but also taking into account the culture and peoples, the load on the area, how demand can so easily drive supply of things we actually should not introduce into fragile systems….

It will be an interesting little extra project to do, guided by Martha Honeys book about Eco Tourism.