Ecotourism Why is it needed Part 2
What do you of when you hear the word “ Ecotourism ”?
A ban on flights? Working on hippie farms?
While flying isn’t good for our climate, ecotourism is more about the destination and the impact of it and it’s people.
The definition of ecotourism is “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)
Why is ecotourism needed?
Negative effects on nature and culture
Big chunks of luscious nature are cut down to give room for big luxury resorts and other tourist attractions like casinos or shopping malls, all to please the spoiled tourists.
Something that people who can afford and like to travel in the “all inclusive”, comfortable way don’t think about is their consumption of resources. Not everyone is aware that the water supply is not endless where they are visiting.
Thousands of years old monuments are worn down by tourists walking, touching or climbing them. A lot of monuments have already prohibited being touched by visitors, but some still allow it, like Ankor Wat in Cambodia and the ruin in Coba, Mexico. But it is likely that it won’t be allowed forever, when the people in charge of the monuments realise the impact visitors have on it.
Some horror examples of how monuments have been vandalised are when a teenage boy carved his name into a wall of a 3.500 year old temple in Luxor and when a bunch of people decided to have a party by the Stonehenge and trash was not the only thing left on the scene(urine, scribbling, gums an oil was found on the famous stone monument)