What is eco tourism?

What is eco tourism? That is a question many of us ask, and we may get many different answers depending where you may be in the world. If we are looking for a definition then lets use just that from TIES, The International Ecotourism Society;

"responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education"

-TIES, 2015

TIES Principles of Eco Tourism

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimise physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climates.
  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
  • Recognise the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.