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Opinion Essay About Ecotourism

What is Ecotourism?

Many times, when people ask "what is ecotourism?  What does it mean?", the reply more often than not consists of what the respondent believes it isn't.   Over the last decade this has grown to include "sustainable tourism", "nature based tourism", "responsible tourism", "geo tourism", "wildlife tourism", "slow tourism" and "green tourism".

No wonder the average traveller is confused!

The collection of resources below is intended as an introduction for stakeholders, tour operators, outdoor guides and travellers, project developers, students and the general travel industry, to the various opinions and examples in the field.

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Eco-tourism for whom? Inside Indonesia #91: Jan-Mar 2008 "Bunaken National Marine Park is promoted as an ideal mix of tourism and conservation, but not all local people agree."

The disenfrachisement downside continues.  A telling insight into what has probably become the main sticking point for ecotourism as the flag bearer for "sustainable development".  How is it sustainable if local people are disenfranchised from their previous livliehoods, and not able to participate because multinationals crowd out the locals?

Ecotourism From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Wikipedia says; "This article is written like a personal reflection or opinion essay rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style. (December 2007)". Any takers?  It does provide a useful history and opinion on the path of ectourism and its many variations.

Tourism is such an interesting subject with so many potential angles for essay topics, that you may get a bit overwhelmed when you need to choose one. But, don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of the top twenty of these interesting essay topics to help you choose the perfect one.

  • Social impacts
  • Does tourism have any social impacts on tourist areas? If so, what are these social impacts? If there are any negative social impacts, how can they be diminished?

  • Ecotourism
  • What is ecotourism? What are the costs and benefits of ecotourism? Why is it so popular at the moment?

  • Benefits
  • Does tourism provide any benefits to tourist areas? What are the major benefits of tourism?

  • Economic impacts
  • Does tourism have any economic impacts on tourist areas? If this is the case, what are these economic impacts?

  • Tourist attraction
  • What exactly is a tourist attraction? What are the most important characteristics of a successful tourist attraction?

  • Trends
  • What are the major trends in tourism at the moment?

  • Pro-poor tourism
  • What is pro-poor tourism? Why is it so popular? Are there any benefits of pro-poor tourism?

  • Environmental impacts
  • Does tourism have any environmental impacts on tourist areas? If so, what are these environmental impacts? How can negative impacts be lessened?

  • Dangers faced by tourists
  • What possible dangers do tourists face? How can these dangers be avoided?

  • Dark tourism
  • What is dark tourism? Why is it so popular? Are there any potential negative impacts of dark tourism?

  • Political impacts
  • Does tourism have any political impacts on tourist areas? If so, what are these political impacts? If there are any negative political impacts, how can these be mitigated?

  • Sex tourism
  • What is sex tourism? What are the dangers of sex tourism?

  • Religious impacts
  • Does tourism have any religious impacts? If so, are they positive or negative?

  • Creation of employment
  • What are the main jobs that tourism creates in tourist areas? Are there any other jobs that tourism creates?

  • Doom tourism
  • What is doom tourism? Are there any benefits to doom tourism? Are there any negative impacts from doom tourism?

  • Tourism in history
  • Was tourism popular in previous centuries? Was there any type of tourism in ancient times?

  • Cultural impacts
  • Does tourism have any cultural impacts on tourist areas? If this is the case, what are these impacts on culture? If there are any negative cultural impacts, how can they be dealt with?

  • Medical tourism
  • What is medical tourism? Are there any ethical concerns with medical tourism?

  • Educational tourism
  • What is educational tourism? What are the benefits of educational tourism? Why is it so important?

  • Responsible tourism
  • What is responsible tourism? How can it be promoted to more potential tourists? Why is it becoming so popular?