Ecotourism is fast growing industry. However, contrary to mass tourism, ecotourism, or green tourism, is the action of travelling in a remote, natural, and untouched place while preserving its natural state and the local people. The key-word here, is “responsible”. The ecotourist must be educated about the country, the environment and local people. They travel in order to learn while minimizing the negative impact on the wildlife. The ecotourist is also respectful of the local culture; they have to learn before the travel about the local customs, the dress codes, the political context, and other social norms in order to leave positive experiences both for them and their hosts. The Ecotourism Guidelines must be followed for a pleasant trip. The financial benefits of ecotourism must serve to empower local people. Ecotourism generally takes place in remote places where isolated communities are not used to foreigners.
Tourists planting olive trees under the Olive Tree Planting Program in Palestine.
However can the thousands of protected areas of the world still remain preserved and protected if more and more tourist are drived there? Wouldn’t that defeat all its purposes? With ecotourism becoming a trend, it is bound to lose all its meaning.