Ecotourism is a type of niche tourism that is based on concern for the environment. Regarding ecotourism, travelers are required to respect local culture and traditions, to protect flora and fauna and minimize their carbon footprint. By its nature, tourism is polluting, from the flight for visit the tropical rain forests to visiting the natural parks.
There are, however, misconceptions about ecotourism. Here are three myths and truths behind them:
1. Ecotourism is a form of tourism for rich people
There are, indeed, resorts luxury hotel, ecological, where tourists can spend a generous budget and large sums of money to get the best service.
A luxury hotel that protects the environment can be built into a spa with thermal waters, using, for example, natural water heating. The hotel serves organic food, protect natural habitat, urging tourists rarely require change of towels in the bathroom and trying to reduce carbon footprint.
However, there are villages and green farms where you can stay with little money, enjoying natural foods. While tourism companies selling green packaging in such places, tourists can go directly to the provider and enjoy the experience directly.
2. Ecotourism is just joy of the pleasure of a holiday
Regarding ecotourism, travelers are encouraged to consume less electricity to travel by train instead of personal car, buy water in glass containers instead of plastic, not abusing hotel resources etc.
However, the choice is at hand for everyone. Some tourists may experience ecotourism in a luxury hotel, while others may find accommodation at villagers or in a monastery. In all cases, environmental protection and conservation of water and energy are possible.
3. Ecotourism is only for adults
In schools, children are already learning about the importance of protecting the environment. A vacation in an ecological destination can be done with the whole family, which is not addressed only to adults. The latter have the opportunity to explain to the children on their meaning, how to protect the nature and reasons why you should do so.