Ecotourists try to support local people in an area they visit. This might mean that they stay in hotels that employ mostly local residents, shop in areas that directly benefit local residents, or eat in locally owned restaurants.
Ecotourists seek alternatives to traditional airline flights. Since airplanes contribute to greenhouse gases that harm the environment, the International Ecotourism Society offers the following advice to ecotourists: "Plan your trip so that you minimize air travel, and choose, whenever possible, to stay longer in a destination instead of making many short trips."
Ecotourism supports local industry by creating travel destinations in areas where the local people can benefit from the tourism. By creating opportunities for local people to build tourist businesses, ecotourists can infuse local industries with new life.
Supporting Conservation Efforts
The fees associated with traveling to certain conservation sites can support the conservation efforts there. From entrance fees, dive fees, concessions and other site donations ecotourist locations can earn income from the tourists who travel there and then put that income directly back into the local conservation efforts.
Reducing Natural Threats
By creating guidelines for building tourist sites, ecotourism can support areas that support nature. When an ecotourist travels to a natural area, he can ensure that the travel sites he visits do not infringe upon the natural habitats in that area.