What Is Ecologically Sustainable Tourism?

List: Posted: 02/03/11

These days, the world is trying to work collectively to reduce impact on the environment and to preserve our landscapes for future generations.  Once considered a trend only for “hippies,” the green movement has now gone truly global. 

 

One term that is being used a lot these days is ecologically sustainable tourism.  This is heard a lot in travel circles.  What does this term mean, and how does it actually impact travel and tourism?

While travel and tourism are great for providing foreign funding to help sustain beauty-spot mountains, beaches, and ancient ruins in a financial sense, they are also contributing to the rapid destruction of our landscapes and of wildlife habitats in these areas.  This is due to air pollution cased by the constant travel to these places by plane, coach, car or ferry, and physical 'on the ground' destruction as tourist hotels, roads, and local businesses spring up to cater for the tourists, in some cases laying waste to the very areas of natural beauty that all these tourists are traveling to visit.

 

Ecologically sustainable tourism is a term that serves to define the limit of how many people can visit the habitat without any ecological damage being done.  In a business sense, it also means how many people can travel to the area to leave damage that is still repairable so that more tourists can come in the future.

Travel should certainly be an opportunity for people to see and experience the many wonders the world has to offer, but future generations should not have to pay the price for our tourism industries, either.  Ecologically sustainable tourism serves to limit the impact that the industry has on these areas so that travel will still be possible in the future. 

 

When proper practices are maintained, land owners and governments can ensure that these resources, wonders, and habitats will be around for many years, decades, and centuries of travel to come.

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