Definitions for ecotourismˌɛk oʊˈtʊər ɪz əm, ˈi koʊ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ec•o•tour•ismˌɛk oʊˈtʊər ɪz əm, ˈi koʊ-(n.)

  1. tourism to places having unspoiled natural resources.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of ecotourism:

1985–90

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ecotourism(noun)

    tourism to exotic or threatened ecosystems to observe wildlife or to help preserve nature

Wiktionary

  1. ecotourism(Noun)

    Responsible travel to natural areas supporting the fauna, flora, and local economy

Freebase

  1. Ecotourism

    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 tourism. Its purpose may be to educate the traveler, to provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights. Since the 1980s ecotourism has been considered a critical endeavour by environmentalists, so that future generations may experience destinations relatively untouched by human intervention. Several university programs use this description as the working definition of ecotourism. Generally, ecotourism deals with living parts of the natural environments. Ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Ecotourism is intended to offer tourists insight into the impact of human beings on the environment, and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.

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