There are several benefits of ecotourism. In recent years, ecotourism has exploded in popularity. Ecotourism takes tourists away from civilization and exposes them to exotic wildlife, new cultures and entrancing landscapes. At the same time, travelers strive to have as little impact on the environment as possible. Sustainable ecotourism, or ecotourism at its best, enhances the lives of the people in the host country without exploiting these peoples, disrupting their culture or damaging the ecosystem. When handled correctly, ecotourism benefits the host country.
Benefits of Ecotourism
One of the benefits of ecotourism is the influx of money into the host country, particularly if the agencies used, such as travel or tour agencies, are owned by citizens. In addition, since ecotourists often travel to remote areas, these tourists spend money in remote areas, helping with local economic development.
This type of tourism can also add economic diversity to a developing nation by helping create new jobs and businesses that are different from their traditional sources of income. In other words, developing a tourist industry can be a real advantage if your main industry is agriculture.
When ecotourism targets national parks, the parks directly benefit from the fees paid by tourists. This enables the parks to be managed and conserved more effectively. This can become a beneficial cycle as funds spent by travelers who are dedicated to leaving as few footprints as possible are used to maintain complex ecosystems.
In addition, ecotourism may ultimately protect more ecosystems over time. If, for example, locals can sustain themselves through ecotourism-related ventures, they may not need to deforest, mine or deplete local natural resources as much as they might otherwise have done.
Another advantage of ecotourism is that it can promote local crafts, events and traditions. This will not only bring additional cash into local communities, it will also preserve traditional culture as visitors want to learn about and experience local practices as well as purchase locally made arts and crafts.
Overall, ecotourism can promote conservation as host countries and local communities as well as travelers realize that there are benefits to reap from keeping the countryside as natural as possible.
Ecotourism is a great way to support local communities in underdeveloped areas, broaden your cultural horizons and lessen the impact leisure travel has on the planet. Research eco-tour companies and accommodations carefully to ensure their business practices are legitimately eco-friendly before booking.