Mass and Urban Ecotourism: New Manifestations of an Old Concept

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Title Mass and Urban Ecotourism: New Manifestations of an Old Concept
Author Weaver, David Bruce
Journal Name Tourism Recreation Research
Editor Tej Vir Singh
Year Published 2005
Place of publication India
Publisher Centre for Tourism Research and Development
Abstract Ecotourism emerged as a nature-based manifestation of alternative tourism, which is still regarded by some academics and practitioners as the most legitimate manifestation of this sector. While an analysis of the three core criteria of ecotourism points to the suitability of high order protected areas as ecotourism venues, modified spaces also have potential with regard to the latter, and may have distinct environmental advantages. Urban places, in particular, accommodate at least five types of ecotourism product, suggesting that urban ecotourism is a complex and high carrying capacity phenomenon that can be focused around the themes of restoration and enhancement, while diverting some visitation away from vulnerable natural areas. The idea of mass ecotourism also remains somewhat contentious in light of ecotourism's origins, yet like urban ecotourism is an increasingly recognized phenomenon that has the potential to produce positive environmental impacts because of its economies of scale and tendency to be confined into manageable restricted spaces. However, for these advantages to be realized, it is essential that mass ecotourism be implemented in conformance with a comprehensive model of ecotourism that emphasizes ecosystems-based attractions, transformational education, and sustainable management that enhances the environment at a global scale.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 30
Issue Number 1
Page from 19
Page to 26
ISSN 0250-8281
Date Accessioned 2008-08-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Tourism Management; PRE2009-Tourism Policy and Planning
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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