Reading about the importance of conserving natural resources through sustainable practices. Ecotourism, sometimes called “sustainable tourism,” is one step people can take toward ecological responsibility.
When ecotourism is implemented successfully, it:
uses the financial gains of tourism to support the conservation and preservation of the environment.
encourages businesses in the tourist industry to implement “green” policies and practices in their daily operations.
challenges travelers to adopt mindfulness, awareness, and sensitivity to cultural and environmental needs around the world.
benefits members of indigenous communities through economic growth.
For example, an Alaskan cruise company might take passengers through Glacier Bay National Park and provide facts about glaciers in relation to climate change. Passengers can disembark for a day at ports of call (such as Anchorage, Ketchican, and Skagway) to experience the wildlife and nature in those habitats.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
Think of an ecotourism event you have experienced or research one that occurs near your community. Describe the event or destination by explaining the environmental features that attract tourists. What are the benefits of that ecotourism? What are some disadvantages? Consider incorporating the details above in your response.
Clarkin, T., & Kähler, K. N. (2019). Ecotourism: Pros and Cons. Salem Press Encyclopedia. Retrieved from EBSCO database.
Zuckerman, S. (1999). Tourism that’s socially and environmentally sensitive. Natural Life, (66), 5. Retrieved from EBSCO database.