Ecotourism: An Introduction

Ecotourism: An Introduction

Ecotourism: An Introduction

Ecotourism: An Introduction

Synopsis

Using a wealth of international case studies and photos, Ecotourism: An Introduction provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the key foundations, concepts and issues related to Ecotourism, the fasted growing segment of the global tourism industry. This title touches on many aspects of the ecotourism industry including the foundations of ecotourism and tourism and ecotourism policy. Ecotourism: An Introduction includes case studies from the US, Canada, Mexico, Scotland, Austria, and Australia.

Excerpt

This book came to be written for three main reasons. The first of these was to address what might be considered ‘inconsistencies’ in the philosophical basis of ecotourism, and the development and implementation of ecotourism products in a wide variety of destinations. For example, in a sobering account of her travel experience in the Peruvian rainforest, Arlen (1995) writes that ecotourism has reached a critical juncture in its evolution. She speaks graphically of instances where tourists endured swimming in water with human waste; guides capturing sloths and caiman for tourists to photograph; raw sewage openly dumped into the ocean; mother cheetahs killing their cubs to avoid the harassment of cheetah-chasing tourists; and an ecotourism industry under-regulated with little hope for enforcement. Similar experiences have been recorded by other writers including Farquharson (1992), who argues that ecotourism is a dream that has been severely diluted. She writes that whereas birding once prevailed, ecotourism has fallen into the clutches of many of the mega-resorts like Cancún: The word [ecotourism] changes color like a chameleon. What began as a concept designed by ecologists to actively prevent the destruction of the environment has become a marketing term for tourism

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