Specifically, ecotourism possesses the following characteristics : . Conscientious, low-impact visitor behavior Sensitivity towards, and appreciation of, local cultures and biodiversity Support for local conservation efforts Sustainable benefits to local communities
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Ecotourism Defined characteristics
Ecotourism can be defined as “travel that is small scale,low impact, culturally sensitive, community & conservation orientated, primarily nature based, educational and capable of broadening peoples minds and enlivening their souls while providing a unique experience, firmly grounded in sustainable principles and practices”
The GreenBox Area characteristics
Covers County Leitrim ,Fermanagh
,Cavan ,Monaghan ,Sligo ,Donegal
Think global, act local
Certification & Standards characteristics
Training & Mentoring characteristics
Delivery to Small Businesses
Listen to their needs deliver training at right level/time/venue.
4 mentors employed to deliver the Eu Flower Eco label
(Technical Environmental advise)
Unbeaucratic /User Friendly/Hands on training.
Tourism Marketing for many members first time involved with
tour operators/journalist /
Tourist accommodation & Campsites
Future Eco Tourism characteristics
Ireland needs to have strong Policy at Failte Ireland ,NITB ,Dept Of Tourism .We need to avoid Green washing products- promoting product with no Certification Standards and not based on Eco Tourism Principles.
Sustainable Tourism is not Eco Tourism, there has been much damage to our Environment in last 3 Tourism Development /Tax Shelters eg Seaside Resort /Rural Renewal Schemes.
You Are Invited to Greenbox
Eco Tourism Conference June 8th Carrick on Shannon Co Leitrim
International Speakers /Field Trips