[PDF] Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? FUll by travala - IssuuEcotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial mass tourism. It means responsible travel to natural areas, conserving the environment, and improving the well-being of the local people. Since the s, ecotourism has been considered a critical endeavor by environmentalists, so that future generations may experience destinations relatively untouched by human intervention. Generally, ecotourism deals with interaction with biotic components of the natural environments. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora , fauna , and cultural heritage are the primary attractions.
This case study was based on several methodologies. First, socioeconomic, environmental, sustainability, geographic and institutional variables were used in the evaluation of 62 localities of the municipality. Geographic information systems identified study areas and determined their potential for ecotourism. Second, participatory diagnosis was used to collect specific information about the locality regarding their organisational aspects, development strategies, current socioeconomic problems, land use and resources availability and interest in developing projects related to ecotourism. Finally, the authors adapted the FAS Model factors, attractors and support systems to include environmental and organisational variables contributing to a theoretical approach to ecotourism. To identify attractors, they applied a questionnaire to determine the profile of tourists visiting Magic Towns and their potential interest in ecotourism. The authors conclude that ecotourism is a possible alternative to highly marginalised localities within Magic Town municipalities and would be able to expand the benefits engendered by the program.
Dec 7, Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, 2nd edition. By Honey, Martha Island Press: Washington, DC, , pages. Ecotourism as a.
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Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn more. Despite this and other efforts to formalize the concept, ecotourism has always been the victim of terminological ambiguity. The principal goal of the second edition of Ecotourism and Sustainable Development is to reclaim the term and sharpen its usage. In so doing, Honey distinguishes ecotourism from other terms such as nature, adventure and wildlife tourism as the only type of tourism that explicitly incorporates both a commitment to enhancing the natural environment as well as contributing to an improved quality of life for communities around the tourism destination. These criteria are: 1 travel to natural destinations; 2 minimize impact; 3 build environmental awareness; 4 provide direct financial benefits for conservation; 5 provide financial benefits and power for local people; 6 respect local culture; and 7 support human rights and democratic movements see pp.