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Definition of Ecotourism

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tourism industry that focuses on ecology and conservation of the environment (by conducting trips to the rainforest, African savannas, etc.)
Ecotourism Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
2K Group Shipping, Trade, Insurance Dictionary
Ecotourism is a broad term which encompasses nature tourism, adventure
tourism, ethnic tourism, responsible or wilderness-sensitive tourism,
soft-path or small-scale tourism, low-impact tourism, responsible or
wilderness tourism, and sustainable tourism. Scientific, educational, or
academic tourism (such as biotourism, archetourism, and geotourism) are
also forms of ecotourism. The definition of the term stresses the
destinations and objectives of ecotourism from the traveler's point of
view.
Raynet Business & Marketing Glossary
a broad term including; nature tourism, adventure tourism, ethnic tourism, responsible or wilderness-sensitive tourism, low-impact tourism, and sustainable tourism and; scientific, educational, or academic tourism (such as biotourism, archetourism, and geotourism).
Copyright © 2001, Ray Wright
Ecotourism Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Bioglossary
Description: Travel undertaken to witness sites or regions of unique natural or ecologic quality, or the provision of services to facilitate such travel.
Source: Global Biodiversity Assessment GBA
© European Communities, 1995-2004
Fishery Glossary
Travel undertaken to witness the unique natural or ecological quality of particular sites or regions, including the provision of services to facilitate such travel. United Nations (1997)
FAO
Ecotourism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. Its purpose may be to educate the traveler, to provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights. Since the 1980s ecotourism has been considered a critical endeavor by environmentalists, so that future generations may experience destinations relatively untouched by human intervention. Several university programs use this description as the working definition of ecotourism. Generally, ecotourism deals with living parts of the natural environments. Ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Ecotourism is intended to offer tourists insight into the impact of human beings on the environment, and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.

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Ecotourism Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. tourism to exotic or threatened ecosystems to observe wildlife or to help preserve nature
(hypernym) tourism, touristry