Ecotourism as a special type of sustainable tourism

Erdogan, Nazmiye and Petrevska, Biljana (2016) Ecotourism as a special type of sustainable tourism. In: International Conference GREDIT 2016 Green development, infrastructure, technology, 31 March-01 Apr 2016, Skopje, Macedonia.

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Prevailing concept of ecotourism refers to the tourism activities that employ the kinds of sustainability that are economically viable, ecologically maintainable and socially equitable. Hence, ecotourism is considered a special type of sustainable tourism that aims at responsible use of natural, cultural and historical resources, and it simultaneously contributes to the local and national development and the protection of natural areas. Everyone agrees on the idea that ecotourism is a special form of sustainable tourism. However, scholarly explanations about the nature of ecotourism widely differ. This paper attempts to present a qualitative assessment by providing popular and alternative explanations about the nature of ecotourism. To do so, the existing general and unconventional literature/studies were used in order to provide their basic ideas about the nature of ecotourism. Their basic ideas, statements and criticisms lead to conclusion that ecotourism is a continuous process which requires business ethics and business practices that are based on environmental sustainability, as well as proper tourism policy, implementation, constant monitoring, existence of necessary preventive and/or corrective measures whenever necessary, as well as support and encouragement at local, regional and central levels. Finally, the paper poses valuable recommendations in the line of identifying effective framework for developing ecotourism within all stakeholders involved in tourism process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecotourism; Sustainability; Prevailing views; Alternative views.
Subjects: Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Business Logistics
Depositing User: Biljana Petrevska
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 12:35
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 12:35

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