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Introduction to Ecotourism

What Does Eco-certification Really Mean for Travelers?

What does the term “obtained a qualified third party eco-certification” really mean to travelers? Is it a “green” seal of approval? Does it mean that a tourism supplier is also operating in a sustainable, responsible,...
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Tips for Selecting Authentic Ecotourism

You cannot go very far today without seeing the words green, sustainable and eco attached to attractive marketing slogans and photos for ecotourism vacation destinations.  And, within the tourism industry, where surveys have indicated that...
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Community Empowerment From Social Entrepreneur in Sierra Gorda (en espanol)

When you travel to a new region or land in the world, there is always an experience that sticks with you. It could be something ordinary, such as a brief moment of complete relaxation when...
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Does Ecotourism Help Communities? Perspective from Mexico

Tourism is the largest industry in the world and as such has the power to greatly benefit communities and elevate people’s standards of living. I had an opportunity to ask Enrique Valdes Garcia, who is...
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5 Bargain Family Vacation Eco-Destinations

Compared with the eurozone of Western Europe and some of the more summer tourist attractions in the United States, where economies are affecting the price of ecotourism services and price negotiations by consumers are relatively...
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Common Ecotourism Pitfalls

The latest buzzword eco has unfortunately triggered travel suppliers to saturate the market with hundreds of loosely understood eco holiday-labeled travel products, causing consumer confusion as to what the term ecotourism truly represents.  Good intentions...
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Don’t Be Duped By Eco! Value of Eco Certifications

With the advent of words such as green, environmentally friendly, sustainable and eco as powerful marketing slogans, it should come as no surprise that many organizations within the tourism industry have adopted these terms to...
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Why Exploring New Cultures is More Important Than Ever

In the age of travel alerts, political uprisings, and airport security lines, exploring cultures has never been more important.  While it is no wonder why so few people travel outside of their home regions, it’s...
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Ecotourism 101: Is Ecotourism More Expensive?

Updated August 16, 2018 As the popularity of environmentally-friendly products has grown over the years, consumers have been conditioned to believe that green goods or eco products equate to more expensive merchandise. In the specific...
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Ecotourism 101: Countries Most Dependent on Ecotourism Revenue

According to the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), 83% of developing countries rely on ecotourism revenue while others, such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nepal, Kenya, Madagascar, and Antarctica, also rely on ecotourism revenue as the major contributory...
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