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. It means responsible travel to natural areas, conserving the environment, and improving the well-being of the local people.
Travelling is the best way to explore the world around you and experience everything it has to offer. These experiences shape people’s perspective and make them more aware of what is happening not just where they live, but around the world too.
However, these experiences are costing way more than just what you spend on your travel. It is costing us the very existence of that travel destination in the future.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that internationally there were just 25 million tourist arrivals in 1950. 68 years later this number has increased to 1.4 billion international arrivals per year. This is a 56-fold increase.
Tourism that has crossed the limits of acceptable change in a destination due to quantity of visitors, resulting in degradation of the environment and infrastructure, diminished travel experience, wear and tear on built heritage, and/or negative impacts on residents, this phenomenon is termed as over-tourism. This has happened in several locations that are rich in experiences offered by nature.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-09-04 5:07 PM