Outdoor Economy

Resource Guide – Eco Tourism

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Ecotourism has consistently been one of the fasting growing segments of the tourism industry.  There has been a lot of different definitions for ecotourism.

The international Ecotourism Society has described it as:

“responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)

A growing number of travelers have begun seeking authentic experiences while being conscience about their impact on the environment and local people.

These travelers have been called many names such as LOHAS, ecotourist, geotravelers, and others.  They tend to stay longer and spend more while being conscience about keeping their money local. They tend to want to learn all they can about the areas they visit and try to leave them a little better than they find them.

There is a lot to learn about ecotourism.  There are many ways to for purpose driven entrepreneurs to participate.
Take some time with the following links to get a greater understanding of what ecotourism is and what it is not and identify the opportunities that resonate  with your purpose.


  • The International Ecotourism Society
    Society dedicated to providing information about ecotourism around the world
  • What is Ecotourism
    Description of Ecotourism
  • Growth of Ecotourism
    Vital Wave Consulting estimates ecotourism/nature tourism was growing globally 3 times faster than the tourism industry as a whole in 2011.
  • Ethical Travel Growth trends
    Ethical and environmental travel is expected to quadruple over the next 3 years
  • Growth in Environmentally Conscious Travelers
    According to Tripadvisor “Twenty-two percent of travelers expect to be more environmentally conscious in their travel decisions in 2010 than they were in 2009.
  • Surge in Environmental Travel 2011
    One Caribbean article shows 33% of tourism industry senior executives believed that there would be a surge in environmentally aware holidays over the next five years. With global travel due to increase by 2 billion people travelling in the next 30 years,
  • Geotraveler
    Description of Geotraveler: Ultimately, geotourism is a partnership between the traveler and the people who live at a destination. From the residents’ point of view, geotravelers are the kind of tourists you want to have around.
    LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice. This site is dedicated to the LOHAS community.
  • Greenloons
    Irene Lane covers ecotourism around the world and offers trips

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