ECOTOURISM by NICOLE, JULIE, JUSTIN & TOMMY. AN ARGUMENT IN FAVOR. We can change This Outcome!.
AN ARGUMENT IN FAVOR
From CNN.com- how to make sure where you go is ecotourism!
Do some research:
The biggest tour operators all have rules about labor conditions, but it's hard to know what they do to ensure they are respected. Generally there is still loads to be done, which means that people wanting to go on holiday, and the types of holidays they choose, can have a really big impact.
Ask your operator what they do with local communities. Find out how the locals are involved and the more questions you can ask the better. They might be questions that they don't know the answer to but will have to think about, and they are even better. Things like, "Will my shower water be coming from local wells?" Basic questions that might be uncomfortable and the tour operators should really shift gear.
Even where haggling is part of the shopping culture, Barnett suggests that the pursuit of rock-bottom prices is not the fairest option: "When you get to your destination you have to recognize that bargaining down to the last cent is not the most positive way of encouraging people to come out of poverty."
Independent travel can be brilliant. It can leave more money in the local community, you're more likely to stay locally and you're more likely to stay longer and get to know people. Often economies can benefit from the money in your pocket rather that the fee that you have pre-paid.
Ecotourism… to develop the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC)
Creates incentives to protect environment rather than exploit it
Generates revenue from park entrance fees, concessions and revenues
Can be used to further support and manage the natural environmentEconomic Benefits
Employment opportunities to develop the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC)
Transition from poaching, logging and mining
Sustainable development and infrastructure for tourist locations
The prospering of local economies from tourist spendingSocietal Benefits
Sistema to develop the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC)Nacional De Areas De Conservacion (SINAC)
Part of MINAE
~25% of land set aside and converted into protected parks and reserves
20% of population works directly in ecotourism
60% receive indirect economic benefitsThe Case of Costa Rica
http://www.untamedpath.com/Ecotourism/defining.html to develop the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC)