Ecotourism is a form of nature-oriented tourism based on more sustainable practices that suggest a lower environmental impact than conventional mass tourism. It offers nature-based adventure and environmental education and interest at destinations that are considered ecologically intact. At the same time, ecotourism emphasizes a more responsible form of travel that is more sustainable, operates under a higher ecological and cultural awareness, and offers a higher benefit to local income and employment opportunities.

Some aspects of ecotourism compared with conventional tourism have an actual positive effect on the destination resulting from local ecotourism operations. Many ecological arguments, however, refer to a mere reduction of a nevertheless negative effect, while accepting current consumption levels in society. The concept of ecotourism is subject to some critiques, and the ...

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