The Ecotourium Concept and Tourism-Conservation Symbiosis

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Title The Ecotourium Concept and Tourism-Conservation Symbiosis
Author Fennell, David; Weaver, David Bruce
Journal Name Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Editor Bill Bramwell & Bernard Lane
Year Published 2005
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
Abstract The credibility of contemporary ecotourism is threatened by the global dominance of a model that minimally fulfils the three core criteria – nature-based attractions, learning opportunities, ecological and sociocultural sustainability – that characterise this sector. A more rigorous 'comprehensive' model is better capable of fulfilling ecotourism's potential to achieve sustainable outcomes, but only if this model embraces both the hard and soft dimensions of the sector. Based on the latter premise and informed by the principles of complexity, knowledge sharing and interdisciplinarity, we propose the development of an international network of protected areas 'ecotouriums' that is designed to stimulate positive socioeconomic change within local communities and maintain and improve the ecological health of protected areas. Cornerstone themes that enable the ecotourium concept are research and education, ecological health, community participation and development, and partnerships.
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Volume 13
Issue Number 4
Page from 373
Page to 390
ISSN 0966-9582
Date Accessioned 2008-08-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Tourism Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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