Write 8 pages thesis on the topic ecotourism: pros and cons. Ecotourism aims to appeal to the mindset of socially and culturally responsible individuals by allowing them to experience the wonders of carefully guarded locations that are awe inspiring. The impact of industrialization has led to a growing need to expedite ecotourism.
In our present world “sustainability” is an important word. To allow the future generations to benefit from the same resources that have been in use for hundreds of years, it is incumbent upon the individuals to strive towards a clearly sustainable path (Stein, 2003).
Another important factor is that tourism itself heavily relies on the presence of excellent natural environments – tourists are most attracted to naturally beautiful locations. In order to promote tourism in developing communities, there is a need to take ecotourism hand in hand (Koeman, 1994). This will allow for the promotion of various cultures and socially different communities, as well as allow for conservation of sustainable resources.
The debate of developping ecotourism in underdeveloped communities has come under fire for certain reasons. One of the main criticisms is that whereas ecotourism was supposed to provide incentives and benefits to the local communities, it has instead resulted in the exploitation of those very communities (Kamauro, 1996).
In Vietnam, ecotourism is being glorified without an understanding of what the concept entails. Local cultures are subjected to mass-marketed concepts that are handled by a few multinationals. Entrepreneurs have jumped on the bandwagon to extract benefits by stating their brand of commercial tourism as ecotourism (Mohareb, 2009).
The western society is seen as ‘indifferent’ to the presence of wilderness at best (Wearing, 1999). Critics believe in the renewed interest in ecotourism as more proof of a capitalist oriented society that is more interested in earning cash rather than in the development of natural sites.
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