Ecotourism Third Edition by David A Fennell

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The trail utilises existing transportation infrastructure (viewing platforms and boardwalks are being added on a continual basis) in creating recreational, economic and educational opportunities for local people and tourists alike. Upon completion in 1998, it comprised three main sections and span over 600 miles of coastline, incorporating some 300 birding stops in nine wildlife refuges, 11 state parks, one national seashore, and several city and county preserves. 2 Nature tourism in the USA The Recreation Executive report of the US Forest Service (1994) illustrates that naturebased recreation trends show increases in many non-consumptive outdoor activities.

This sentiment relates to the work of Ewert and Shultis (1997), who wrote that ‘resource-based’ tourism includes a variety of tourism endeavours, including ecotourism, adventure tourism and indigenous tourism, and their various activities. The following few examples demonstrate the use and misuse of nature-based tourism and ecotourism in variety of different environments and situations. 1 Nature tourism in Texas Ecotourism in Texas provides an excellent example of how ecotourism is subsumed by nature tourism.

The time factor may be applicable in the safari ecotourism settings of Africa, but is thought to be more problematic in less-structured ecotourism settings and situations. For instance, Blamey asks if a ten-minute guided nature tour qualifies as a day ecotourism visit. Yet one can’t help but grapple for acceptable definitions of ecotourism, as Ballantine and Eagles and others have done; the same has occurred with the meaning of ‘tourism’ in the past, and similarly for many other social science concepts.

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