Why is ecotourism the future of tourism?
Tourism is a human activity that has a huge impact in the global economy of the world. While it represents about 10% of global GDP, it also has some damaging side effects on the environment. These damaging impacts lead to the rise of adverse voices criticizing tourism. They think that tourism should be rethought and should shift to ecotourism. Here are why this new tourism trend is the future of the industry.
Ecotourism reverses the damages of tourism
For touristic activities, it’s thousands of square kilometers of forest that are destroyed for the construction of facilities. This unfortunately means destruction of the natural habitat of many species of animals. The destruction is coupled with the production of tons of wastes, the depletion of scarce resources. Those situations are the results of the mass tourism that we observed in the last decades. To reverse that, ecotourism focuses on social responsible travel. For example, only a few people are allowed to visit some places. They should use specific means of transport to get there and to move once on the site. Non-motorized boasts and vehicles are better options for motion. All is done to reduce pollution, wasting of resources and to minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism.
Ecotourism is sustainable
Tourists should be aware that without the environment, there could not be tourism. For that, ecotourism is conducted responsibly in a way to protect the environment. It means that it takes care of the environment where it occurs. To make the preservation possible, ecotourists are educated and sensitized on environmental issues. They are taught during the visit how to use natural resources properly to avoid wasting. Because local people are also important stakeholders of tourism, ecotourists are taught how to have a proper collaboration with them. Their wellbeing are also a subject of interest since they are provided the financial benefit of the activity.