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Thomas Kirby

Thomas Kirby

Thomas Kirby is a recent postgraduate in Environmental Management & Sustainability hailing from Texas and has lived in Ireland and Malta while completing his education. He is passionate about water quality, fisheries, agriculture, and outdoor sports, and is currently completing his certification in project management for development organizations.

Posada Amazonas One of the three values of ecotourism, in addition to its inherent social and environmental benefits, is the economic sustainability provided to local communities through the following tenants:

  • Local ownership,
  • Observing and maintaining traditional practices of developing goods and food,
  • Offering employment opportunities

This infographic was designed to convey the economic benefits of ecotourism, define the terminology used in the travel industry, and describe the differences in how local communities specifically benefit from ecotourism versus traditional (mass) tourism. 

1 night RaftWith ecotourism estimated to be the fastest-growing sector of the global tourism market (UNWTO), it is imperative that those of us seeking to reduce our environmental impact while traveling find ways to easily distinguish between authentic sustainability and greenwashing.  

While we don't want to simply latch on to the green travel trend, we must be able to recognize travel organizations that are pushing beyond universally acceptable standards of reduce, reuse, and recycle

One may retort that any steps taken by tourism companies to reduce their impact is a step in the right direction, but the curse of traditional tourism is that the positive feedback loop (which we create through social media) also enables massive increases tourism development and access.  

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  • Social Impakt
    Social Impakt says #
    Raising awareness while travel...
    Great article guys, thank you ! Authentic Eco-tourism is a key for a better understanding of the world in which we are living. Lif
  • Tom
    Tom says #
    Ecotourism
    Great article! That's all what ecotourism is about! Another use & management of the natural resources and some benefits to the loc

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