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Ecotourism

Tourism is one of the biggest and most important industries in the world. It brings much needed money to far flung places on the globe, whilst providing employment for many millions of people in the tourism industry.

 

Travel to and from your travel destination used to be part of the holiday experience. It is now far faster, easier and often cheaper to travel by air than any other means. This may be great for the traveller, but it is not so great for the environment.

 

The main issues are the amount of pollution caused by flying and the potential degradation of sensitive ecosystems by the influx of tourists (the Great Barrier Reef is one such example).

 

And so, the phrases Ecotourism, Ethical Tourism and Sustainable Tourism, were born.

 

These types of tourism aim to bring the financial benefits of tourism to local people, whilst reducing the negative impact tourism can have on destinations.

 

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) says defines ecotourism as “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the wellbeing of local people”

 

This does, of course, pose the question of whether a tourist destination can be truly eco-friendly. After all, if the destination becomes popular, over-crowded and no-longer sustainable, surely it is no longer an ethical destination?

 

Have a look at some of the things you can do to make your holiday ecologically sound:

 

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