A Trip Too Far: Ecotourism, Politics and Exploitation by Rosaleen Duffy

By Rosaleen Duffy

Tourism is the world's biggest and environmentally sustainable tourism or ''ecotourism'' has turn into an enormous niche for governments, the personal area and overseas lending associations. it truly is considered as a fashion of permitting financial improvement when preserving opposed to environmental degradation, particularly in these nations with fragile ecosystems. despite the fact that, this would possibly not be the truth. Rosaleen Duffy provides the 1st serious research of ''ecotourism''; does it bring actual environmental advantages or is it only a advertising chance – ''green greed''? via the wide use of case examine and interview fabric, she exhibits how ecotourism can paintings to help conservation and native economies given the appropriate political context and legislation. the guidelines and suggestions which are provided could be very important for the advance of ecotourism world wide and should be important studying for teachers in improvement and environmental stories and for NGOs and the tourism undefined.

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It was particularly difficult to elicit negative attitudes to ecotourism from ecotourists, because if they were concerned by the impact of their travel to another country then they might not have travelled to Belize in the first place. 28 It was clear in interviews that ecotourists talked of their destinations and experiences mainly in terms of their own benefits. One interviewee summed it up as a case of ecotourists wanting to see somewhere different and less developed than their home countries; but he wanted a certain level of comfort.

36 A T RIP T OO FAR Environmental Beliefs and Behaviours The environmental attitudes of ecotourists were also explored in interviews. Obviously, the degree to which an individual is environmentally aware will determine the extent to which he or she will behave in an environmentally responsible manner. As a result, a great deal of writing about environmentalism is concerned with the development of environmental awareness. Beck suggests that the shift to a risk society has also affected the way in which individuals think about their place in society and the impact of their actions (Beck, 1994, pp5–13; Smith, 1996, pp25–47).

18 A T RIP T OO FAR associated with allowing local communities a greater degree of participation in the planning and management of developments in their area. For example, local people can provide critical information to tourists if they are allowed to participate in interpretation services in protected areas (Bramwell and Lane, 1993, pp73–75). By allowing participation and providing real economic benefits, ecotourism is intended to increase support for conservation among residents living near protected areas and other fragile natural systems (Lindberg, Enriquez and Sproule, 1996, pp553–557).

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