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July 2010
One does not necessarily need to escape to another country to experience the joy and wonder of ecotourism. In the first of a series of articles highlighting the natural beauty and wildlife viewing opportunities within the United States, why not consider taking the family on an ecotour getaway through New England, specifically Massachusetts and Maine....
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According to the Planeterra Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and support of small communities around the globe, a voluntour is a type of travel opportunity that offers a tourist “a way to learn about the people and place you are visiting at a deeper level. Participating in voluntourism activities enables...
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Finca Rosa Blanca in Costa Rica is a certified eco hotel
How can one tell the difference between a true green or eco-hotel and a hotel that employs greenwashing practices? The good news is that there are some reputable green hotel certification programs, including the Green Key Eco-Rating, EarthCheck, and LEED® Building programs, which allow for an occasional inspection of a hotel’s sustainable operations in over 20...
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With a projected value of $474 billion by 2012, ecotourism is fast becoming a growing niche market with hoteliers and destination tour operators promoting their products as environmentally conscious when upon closer inspection, they are greenwashing. Along with the term green sheen, greenwashing is the insincere promotion of green business practices that are advertised as...
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Ecotourism, which is a type of travel that focuses on the discovery of a wildlife habitat in a manner that maximizes local goals and reduces damage to the environment, has been mixed with other types of tourism. Following are some distinct clarifications among other tourism terms have been incorrectly applied to ecotourism. Sustainable Tourism –...
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Over the last two decades the term ecotourism has been manipulated in so many different ways, it is no wonder that there is confusion about what ecotourism is and what it is not. As evidenced by the video below, ecotourism is the intersection of visiting a natural or wildlife habitat that maximizes the host destination’s...
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