The Role of Ecotourism

The Role of Ecotourism
The role of ecotourism is to promote and preserve the natural environment. Both small scale and large scale ecotourism attractions play a vital role in the economy of the surrounding area. Conservation and preservation education go hand in hand with sustainable travel initiatives.

Earth Friendly Travel

Exposing travelers to the wonders of nature, and reducing the carbon footprint while vacationing is a primary goal of ecotourism promoters and travel guides.

Preservation of Natural Areas

Increased travel to little known natural areas, as well as major outdoor attractions garners funds to maintain the area and preserve the environment for future generations.

Environmental Education

The purest form of ecotourism includes educating the public about the environment, and the impact humans have on the planet. By teaching conservation techniques and the enjoyment gained by sustainable travel, the visitors leave with an enhanced desire to "do their part" in protecting Mother Earth.

Cultural Tolerance

Ecotourism can introduce rural or secluded cultures to visitors, and a greater awareness and tolerance can be gained between the diverse groups. Sharing of heritage through food, art and song leave lasting impressions on all parties involved.

Economic Growth

Economic growth through dollars spent by ecotourists in local grocery stores, markets and campgrounds benefit areas which are typically disadvantaged.

Article Written By Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.

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