Isn’t Ecotourism Just Tourism with a Fancy Name?
No! Ecotourism is different than traditional tourism because it focuses on building understanding and appreciation for nature and the welfare of local people.
It’s about more than just being a responsible traveler. True ecotourism combines elements of:
- Sustainability – Traveling sustainably means being conscious of how you travel and the large number of resources required to get you where you want to go. Once you’re aware, you work to minimize your impact on the environment.
- Education – Knowledge is power. The more you learn about a destination, the more inspired you’ll feel to protect it.
- Economic value – Local communities can benefit greatly from eco-tourists. Funding from this industry can generate income for locals, create jobs, and boost local economies.