Here are 4 important benefits of eco-tourism

Eco-tourism has many tremendous benefits which are usually enjoyed by everyone and everything both animate and inanimate along the value chain. It’s these benefits that are usually the key driver as to why more and more people are beginning to appreciate and engage in eco-tourism around the world.

It’s for this reason that we are going to briefly look at a couple of benefits of eco-tourism and we trust that we will be able to open your perspective on the whole aspect of eco-tourism and why you should engage in it more often.   

Here are 4 important benefits of eco-tourism.

It helps in preserving native cultural practices

The primary benefit about eco-tourism is that the key selling point is the fact that tourists get to see and experience pristine ecosystems which include native cultural practices that have been able to maintain their purest form. The fact that millions of people around the world are willing to spend their money to go and enjoy such experiences is a motivation for indigenous people to maintain their cultural heritage. 

It helps in the protection of wildlife

Eco-tourism is all about getting an opportunity to experience nature that has managed to be free from interference by the activities associated with urbanization. The need to maintain and protect such ecosystems is all so apparent and is a motivation to conservationists to do everything they can to ensure these ecosystems are protected and preserved for the benefit of the wildlife that exists there.   

It is a source of foreign exchange

One of the main reasons that urbanization has been preferred over conservation of natural habitats is because urban towns are a haven of revenue generation whereas nature is not considered to be so. However, with the growing popularity of eco-tourism, many governments are likely to begin taking conservation seriously when they see the amount of foreign exchange that eco-tourism is bringing.

It is a source of economic development

Whenever tourists frequent these popular eco-tourism destinations, the local communities and local governments tremendously benefit from revenue that directly contributes towards economic development. Whenever money is spent on food, local gift shops, paying of local tour guides, and many other activities offered by the locals, this money goes directly into the local economy.

Many people always grapple with the challenge of not knowing how they can give back to the society because they assume giving back is an expensive affair. Well, based on what you’ve just read, engaging in eco-tourism can be a really easy and fun way to give back. You get to spend time with natives, enjoy their culture and the same time help improve their lives and their environment.

If you were on the fence about eco-tourism when you began reading this article, I trust that we have been able to convince you that this is a very rewarding activity that you need to start taking part it.

We wish you all the best in your travels.

These are the 5 principles of eco-tourism

Eco-tourism is a form of tourism that promotes sustainability as it’s not just about visiting a destination, having a good time and returning back home, but it’s rather about visiting a destination and in doing so, enjoying and at the same time preserving its pristine, the people’s rich cultural heritage and promoting their socio-economic growth.

We therefore want to briefly look at 5 principles that define what eco-tourism is all about.

It prioritizes minimal environmental impact

In eco-tourism, a lot of priority and emphasis is usually placed on the need to maintain the pristine nature of the habitat through minimal environmental impact. This basically means that whichever ecosystem you visit, you must ensure that the physical environment, people’s culture and other aspects of the land remain just as you had found them.

It promotes respect for the environment

Eco-tourism promotes respect for the environment and this includes not only the physical environment but also the cultural heritage of the people living in a particular locality. This is precisely why as an eco-tourist you are encouraged to visit pristine locations, enjoy these locations and do your best never to alter anything about these locations.

It promotes cultural diversity

The whole point of eco-tourism is giving travellers an opportunity to experience new cultures by meeting a group of people native to their land who have been able to maintain their land and their cultural heritage in their original form. Such inter-cultural experiences are usually very positive for both the visitor and the local community and they give a whole new appreciation to cultural diversity.

It promotes environmental conservation

Most eco-tourism initiatives are usually combined with resource mobilization that is directed towards environmental conservation initiatives. Anytime a tourist visits a destination that has been classified as an eco-tourist destination, any money they spend in these places usually goes to fund the conservation initiatives of the area.

It promotes biodiversity

One of the most interesting aspects about eco-tourism is that visitors especially those from urbanized areas get to appreciate the value of biodiversity when they get to see firsthand how native people coexist with their environment. This interdependency of different species helps strengthen the case for the preservation of biodiversity.

We trust that this has been an eye opening piece that has improved your outlook on eco-tourism. We trust that you will make an effort to experience it firsthand.