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By Rosaleen Duffy

Tourism is the world's biggest and environmentally sustainable tourism or ''ecotourism'' has turn into an important niche for governments, the personal zone and overseas lending associations. it really is considered as a manner of permitting monetary improvement when holding opposed to environmental degradation, specifically in these nations with fragile ecosystems. even though, this won't be the truth. Rosaleen Duffy offers the 1st severe research of ''ecotourism''; does it convey genuine environmental advantages or is it only a advertising and marketing chance – ''green greed''? through the huge use of case learn and interview fabric, she exhibits how ecotourism can paintings to aid conservation and native economies given definitely the right political context and law. the guidelines and recommendations which are provided can be very important for the improvement of ecotourism around the world and may be very important examining for teachers in improvement and environmental reports and for NGOs and the tourism undefined.

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This need turns into motivations, which translate into expectations. For example, tourists fully expect their trip to be a getting-away-from-it-all experience (Gnoth, 1997, pp286–300). Of course, people travel for a number of different reasons. Travel is conceptualized as escape, a means of exploring other cultures; it broadens the mind, and acts as a means of self-discovery; it represents a period of hedonism, happiness or freedom (Krippendorf, 1987, pp22–28; Dann, 1996a, pp101–134). People travel to seek a temporary refuge from the cycle of everyday life, which revolves around work, home and free time (Krippendorf, 1987, pp3–19).

52 ‘Human beings have the right to modify the natural environment to suit their own needs’ was the statement that prompted most discussion. 54 Ecotourists had a degree of environmental knowledge about Belize, but this was mostly confined to an awareness of the fragility of coral reefs. This reminds us that tourists were having a ‘gettingaway-from-it-all’ experience; they expressed a desire to forget about environmental problems in their pursuit of enjoyment. 56 Experienced divers tended to demonstrate a wider knowledge of reef ecology and of the activities that should and should not be allowed on coral reefs.

The emphasis on consumer roles means that individual behaviour, rather than group behaviour, has become an important area. This behaviour must be evaluated to determine whether environmental care and sustainability can be achieved without coercive means. The specifics of people’s attitudes towards the environment are important in understanding behaviour; they help to determine whether individuals take action to protect the environment (Hagvar, 1994, pp515–518). Numerous studies have attempted to categorize environmental beliefs, and to find out why certain social groups are more likely to hold such beliefs than others (Cotgrove and Duff, 1980, pp333–338; Schultz and Stone, 1994, pp25–28; M ISERY, S ELF - INDULGENCE AND S ELF - DENIAL 37 Stern, Dietz and Kalof, 1995, pp322–348; Schahn and Holzer, 1990, pp767–786; Wall, 1995, pp294–316; Davidson and Freudenburg, 1996, pp302–339).

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