I have witnessed the
damage left behind
by tourists and would
hope we could preserve a few places.
Too many of our
natural areas are
turning into nothing
but theme parks.
South Orange, NJ
Do eco-tourism costs
People from outside
a region have no
vested interest there.
Problems may be
long term; there are
no quick fixes.
outweigh the benefits?
More people these days are leaving the beaten path of traditional
tourist spots to vacation in unspoiled or highly sensitive environments.
these “nature tourists” typically enjoy such hands-on experiences as
kayaking in alaska, bird-watching in the Brazilian rain forest, hiking
in the mountains of Nepal or participating in traditional village
celebrations. local guides often accompany them on expeditions,
teaching them about the local flora, fauna and culture.
proponents of nature tourism say that it can be a blessing to a
region. It can strengthen the local economy, raise awareness of the
problems a region faces and enable communities to take even better
care of their natural and cultural treasures.
Without interest in the
outdoors, there won’t be
funding to protect it. We
need to expose more
[people] to the environment to grow interest
and to educate.
Critics argue that nature tourism can distort local culture, disturb
wildlife, cause degradation of natural areas and erode cultural
monuments. too often, they add, tourism revenue is not reinvested
in a region or its people, and, in the end, nature tourism may hurt a
region more than it helps. What do you think?
These tours make people aware that without
the conscious effort of
everyone, the beautiful nature will not be
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Let the people go
ahead and see the
habitat. It’ll be gone
14 The Costco Connection AUGUST 2008