Ecotourism is the new way of traveling.
More sustainable hostels or guesthouses are built everyday and many people visit them. Many exotic destinations like the Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Cuba offer those kind of accommodations.
Even less visited countries put more stress on ecotourism and sustainable tourism resorts.
I will Give You Several Reasons To Go With Ecotourism:
Ecotourism Empowers Local Communities
Ecotourism is a growing segment of the global tourism industry that is making significant positive contributions to the environmental, social, cultural and economic well-being of destinations and local communities around the world. Offering market-linked long-term solutions, ecotourism provides effective economic incentives for conserving and enhancing bio-cultural diversity and helps protect the natural and cultural heritage of our beautiful planet.
By increasing the capacity for building opportunities, ecotourism is also an effective vehicle for empowering local communities around the world to fight against poverty and to achieve sustainable development.
Furthermore, ecotourism has provided an impetus to assist in ‘greening’ the tourism industry on many fronts.
You’ll Have a More Personalized and Authentic Vacation
Many of us have had the experience of being herded like cattle through lines at a buffet, or while checking into a big hotel or resort. Since community ecotourism operators typically cater to smaller groups of tourists, you will most likely receive more individual attention.
Community ecotourism opens the door for a deeper understanding of local culture, and more interaction with the people and animals who live in the place you visit.
Also, locals are usually the best source of information about their area’s nature, history and folklore, and traditional customs. Observing or helping out with the preparation of local cuisine, participating in holidays and festivals, and making lifelong connections with people in faraway lands are among the many ways to more fully appreciate the richness that your vacation destination has to offer.
Your Money Goes to People Who Really Need It
Even though you may take your vacation in a developing country, chances are the majority of the money you spend on traditional tourism ends up outside of the country you visited. Because of international hotel chains, tour operators, and the importation of food and souvenirs, it is estimated that as little as five percent and at most half of the profits from traditional tourism stay in the host country.
By working with community ecotourism operators, you greatly increase the amount of profit from your trip that can be used for food, social programs, and infrastructure within the local community and the host country
You can enjoy your vacation and protect wildlife at the same time! All of the community ecotourism operators that HSI works with are in or near high biodiversity areas, as is the case for a great majority of community ecotourism operators worldwide.
When you book a trip or activity with a community ecotourism operator, you help reinforce the link created between protecting the local environment and increased economic income. Your money ensures that local communities can provide for their families without having to resort to illegal hunting, or selling endangered species into the illegal pet trade.
Ecotourism helps both tourists and local communities celebrate the amazing animals and landscapes that surround them.