Tourism With a Hand-lens Presentation By: Brian Weinberg and Wilson Juarez
Presentation Topics Discussion Topics • Definition of Eco-tourism • Mount Huangshan • How Eco-tourism works • Benefits of Eco-tourism • Problems with Eco-tourism • The Ideal Eco-tourism vision
Definition Of Eco-tourism • Eco-tourism- Purposeful travel to natural areas to understand the culture and natural history of the environment, taking care not to alter the integrity of the ecosystem, while producing economic opportunities that make the conservation of natural resources beneficial to local people. • 2 key elements of Eco-tourism • Marketing a product towards the participatory tourists • Conserving the resources upon which this product is based.
Mount Huangshan & Tourism • Located in Southern Anhui Province in China • Covers 250 kilometers • Four Wonders of Mount Huangshan • imposing peaks • spectacular rocks • odd-shaped pines • sea of clouds.
Mount Huangshan & Tourism • Member of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization • Awarded the Melina Mercouri Prize for the protection and management of world cultural relics • Practices Eco-tourism principles • 400 famous scenic attractions of which 140 have been developed and opened to tourists.
How the Tour Works? Educational Guide or Scientist
How the Tour Works? Accommodation Isolation Locational Experience
How the Tour Works? • Transportation • Cable Cars • Hiking • Rafting
Benefits of Eco-Tourism • Increased awareness of environmental and cultural issues • Directly funds conservation efforts • Increased support of conservation projects from participants as well as the local, national, and international governments • Biological/Monetary Benefits
Problems with Eco-tourism • Location Learning • You have to travel to see, understand, and want to help each cause • Possible Disruptions • Changes in Natural Animal Behaviors and Biological Communities • Human consumption and eco-system needs • Trail Disruptions • Littering • Local social structures • Tourism Revenue
Problems with Eco-tourism • Pressures of Successful Eco-tourism • Accommodating the demand for luxurious physical needs and comforts of tourists • Leads developers to build more hotels/businesses in the area • High Visitation and Maintaining Conservation of Bio-diversity
The Ideal Eco-tourism Vision • Local Community & Government Involvement • Awareness of Animals and their Biological Communities • Specific Curriculums during visitations • Regulation • Number of Tourists • Number of Businesses/Accommodation • Controlling Disruptive Activities • Trails • Littering
THE END References: Primack, www.unesco.org www.wikipedia.com ,www.wikipedia.org http://www.chinaodysseytours.com/huangshan,WTO, McNeely, Boo, & Crandall