Amazon Interactive: The Ecotourism Game
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Nature Tourism - Library Subject Guide
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Internet Resources on Sustainable Tourism Research
Tourism might be defined as polite, organized sticky-beaking (to satisfy one's curiosity) into other people's places and cultures. Tourism is an organized form of the more colloquial notion of traveling.
Ecotourism or Nature Tourism attracts tourists with an interest in temporarily living in and coming to better understand a specific, novel, relatively natural ecosystem. Activities whilst living in the new ecosystem often include watching, photographing and studying information about the system.
An example of ecotourism is visiting, photographing, and learning about organgatuangs in Borneo.
Since the mid-1990's ecotourism has emerged as a human activity distinct from adventure travel.
Ecotourism tends to be marketed as a more "politically correct", "environmentally and culturally aware" form of tourism, e.g., "responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment and improve the well-being of local people." (more info).
Despite their "green image", few ecotourism trips contribute a collective positively to the natural environment (e.g,. how does one replace the energy consumed in transportation to the exotic location?)
Why do it?
A growing industry / field
Potentially life-changing or at least memorable
Develop new skills and knowledge e.g., could be part of career change