ecotourism Articles

  • Spread and backwash effects in ecotourism: implications for sustainable development

    Increasingly, ecotourism is advocated not only as a form of sustainable tourism, but also for the contribution that it can make towards sustainable development. Donor agencies such as DFID and USAID now recognise the contribution that ecotourism can make towards sustainable livelihoods, and it is being advocated as a pro-poor strategy in the developing countries. Ecotourism must not, however, be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Monetary valuation as a tool for planning and managing ecotourism

    While the techniques of monetary valuation are firmly grounded in economic theory and have a substantial record of practical application, planners and managers of ecotourism have not embraced them with particular enthusiasm. The explanation offered in this paper has two main strands. On the demand side, those involved in planning and managing ecotourism have, for a number of reasons, tended to be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ecotourism as a mechanism for sustainable development: the case of Bhutan

    Over the last few decades, Bhutan has followed a controlled tourism policy, with a 'high value, low volume' strategy. This approach is based on the country's sustainable development policy. In recent years, tourism has been identified as the backbone of private sector growth. To this end, a 'high value, low impact' strategy was adopted, which would allow for a doubling of the number of tourists ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • Ecotourism: an alternative form of green industry in China

    This paper argues that ecotourism with effective management and planning strategies can contribute to the Greening of industry in China. A case study of Hong Kong Wetland Park demonstrates the way in which ecological modernisation is utilised to minimise environmental impacts. One facet of this is environmental education, which is adopted as an effective tool to convert tourist experiences into ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The evolving concept of ecotourism and its potential impacts

    Ecotourism is nature-based, learning-oriented tourism that has the intent of being environmentally, economically and socio-culturally sustainable. The positive impacts of ecotourism include its incentive effect for protecting natural habitats, its provision of funds and volunteer activity to enhance venues, and the stimulation of economic activity in peripheral regions. Negative effects, which ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Stakeholder engagement and environmental protection: a new framework for small ecotourism operators

    Small, sustainable enterprises involved in ecotourism, cultural tourism, organic farming and sustainable forestry are reliant on natural capital for their viability. Identifying and engaging stakeholders are two issues central to enterprise sustainability. Many small enterprises do not undertake stakeholder engagement due to perceptions of high costs incurred and organisational ignorance of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ecotourism enterprise and sustainable development in remote Indigenous communities in Australia

    Indigenous Australians suffer considerable social and economic disadvantage. The challenge for Indigenous communities is to discover opportunities that will provide sustainable development. Ecotourism is seen as one sector that could provide such opportunities. However, there remains substantial debate within the academic literature regarding the main characteristics of what actually constitutes ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Conservation narratives and the "received wisdom" of ecotourism: case studies from Costa Rica

    Ecotourism can be considered to be the "dictated solution" of a conservation counter-narrative that calls for both sustainable use of wildlife and community-based conservation. This paper addresses the promotion of ecotourism by a specific group of wildlife conservation "experts", and the implementation of ecotourism as a conservation strategy at three case-study sites in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A synthesis of activity towards the implementation of sustainable tourism: ecotourism in a different context

    Not all sustainable tourism is ecotourism. Indeed, this paper argues that no form of tourism has achieved sustainability, and that sustainability is a goal that all tourism should strive towards. Tourism is a very fragmented industry, incorporating large organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises, and it is this diversity, alongside the diversity of stakeholder interest, that has given ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Marine ecotourism as a potential agent for sustainable development in Kaikoura, New Zealand

    The terms "sustainability" and "ecotourism" have become much used in recent years, yet there have been few examinations of how they might apply in practical cases. Kaikoura, a small coastal town (population 3600) on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, has a rapidly developing tourism industry. This industry has helped to transform the town from an economically ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Public–private partnerships in the ecotourism sector: a Portuguese case study

    This study aims to analyse the impact of public–private partnerships (PPPs) in the ecotourism sector. The main research objectives are to identify motives, critical success factors and obstacles for partnerships between the public and private sectors in ecotourism and to assess the benefits of such arrangements. Thus, a case study approach, with an ecotourism partnership in Portugal as its ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The importance of education in ecotourism ventures: lessons from Rara Avis ecolodge, Costa Rica

    Ecotourism is based on three main concepts: conservation and protection of the environment, supporting local cultures and economies and environmental education for both locals and tourists. Thus far much of the research has focused on the first two components; largely ignoring the importance that environmental education has in the future of ecotourism and the conservation movement as a whole. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Canadian ecotourist in Costa Rica: ten years down the road

    This paper replicates a study by Fennell (1990) which found that a sample of ecotourists to Costa Rica was statistically different from the average Canadian tourist along a number of attraction and benefit dimensions. This 1990 study is compared against a sample of Canadian ecotourists who recently travelled to Costa Rica. The purpose of the comparison was to examine if or how ecotourists have ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • What happened on "The Beach"? Social movements and governance of tourism in Thailand

    Debates about ecotourism are futile without an understanding of how concepts of ecologically acceptable and unacceptable forms of tourism are developed. This paper assesses the case of public opposition to the filming of the Hollywood film, The Beach, in Thailand on grounds that it caused environmental degradation. Evidence suggests that campaigners overstated the film's environmental impact in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Community management, self-interest and environmental preservation in the Amazon

    Community-based conservation supposedly meets mutual needs of people and natural resources. We examined decision-making behind management of resource extraction and agriculture in a community reserve in Peru. We conclude that self-interested motivations have the potential to create inadequate environmental protection for particular segments of the resource base. Community reserve members, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Fundacion Maquipucuna: an entrepreneurial Ecuadorian non-profit organisation

    The purpose of this paper is to describe Fundacion Maquipucuna's community-based entrepreneurship activities. Fundacion Maquipucuna is a unique non-profit organisation in the Choco-Andes region of Ecuador. An ethnographic study and review of the literature is conducted to analyse the cacao, coffee, ecotourism and plastic thatch enterprises of Fundacion Maquipucuna. The enterprises Fundacion ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green hotel products

    The green Hospitality has come a long way from the normal thatched-roof bungalows and on-staff naturalists. All the hotels new or old has started taking environmental measures in account. In accordance with it few hotels have decorated few rooms using environmentally safe paints and also have used furniture made of salvaged forest-fire wood.But the main question which most of hotelier or ...


    By EcoGreenHotel

  • Move over Saudi Arabia. Here comes Nash and his Dad!

    As a parent, I don’t expect world changing results when I gripe at my kids. I’m happy if they at least leave a path through the dirty clothes on their bedroom floors. If you’re like that too, you’ll be a little sheepish when you hear the story of inventor and journalist Pierce Hoover. His 13-year-old son, Nash, kept forgetting to shut off the lights, so Hoover made a very ...

  • Florida - Island Development case study

    Steeped in history and tales of pirates, Blacks Island has become a residential paradise, thanks in part to creative decentralized wastewater solutions. In October of 2006, Blacks Island LLC received approval to begin construction of a twenty-six lot residential development on this seven-acre island located off the Florida panhandle in St. Joe Bay. The town of Port St. Joe sprang up in the ...


    By Quanics Incorporated

  • EU Overseas entities and their natural capital

    Scattered worldwide, the European Union (EU) overseas entities (comprising Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)) are home to an outstanding diversity of species, ecosystems and landscapes. These 34 regions and territories host around 70 % of Europe’s species and are recognised as having biodiversity of global significance. This ‘natural capital’1 ...

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