Overtourism does not result from ecotourism, and the principles of those who extol increasing tourism revenue to a destination at any cost are completely antithetical to those of ecotourism. Overtourism—which in its simplest form is tourism that harms communities by overuse or destruction of resources through overcrowding—stems from a lack of concern about destination community health and welfare. Again, this is entirely the opposite of the fundamental tenet of ecotourism.
Scientific research proves that the state of the world is in peril. Take for instance, the environment. Already biodiversity has been reduced to the lowest levels in human history. We have lost 25% of all bird species, 24% of mammal species, 11% of plant species, and 24% of coral reefs. Ecotourism has the potential to combat these issues.
Travelling locally might not be super glamorous, but it’s often cheaper and teaches you about your own area—and it’s much less polluting. If you want to go further afield, The International Ecotourism Society can point you in the direction of some holidays that won’t hurt the planet.
WASHINGTON, DC — Effective January 1, 2015, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) has revised its Definition and Principles, created by the founding members in 1990. Leading up to the 25 year anniversary celebration in 2015, ecotourism experts from around the world connected to re-evaluate TIES principles of ecotourism as an initiative led by Hitesh Mehta, Judy...