[from Ron Maders International Year of Ecotourism e-mail group . . bp]
>From: Newsdesk <editor@...>
>Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 10:25:20 -0500
>Subject: [iye2002] WWW> Future of Tourism - Newsweek
>[Editor's note -- the current issue of Newsweek magazine spotlights the
>future of the tourism industry and features the development of ecotourism.
>Below are excerpts from the issue.]
>Getting Off the Beaten Track - Rana Foroohar/Newsweek
>"The new tourists will want different things. The sun-and-surf standard is
>giving way to adventure travel, ecotourism, cultural tours and sport
>vacations in ever more far-flung places: China, the Maldives, Botswana,
>Vanuatu. The new buzzword: authenticity. "
>Trouble in Paradise - Adam Piore/Newsweek
>"In May, 1,100 representatives from more than 130 countries convened at a
>special United Nations conference in Quebec to celebrate the International
>Year of Ecotourism. Aid agencies were on hand to expound on its development
>possibilities. Nowadays it seems even tin-pot dictators, former communists
>and ministers of war have little slices of nature they think are worth
>visiting (and thus protecting); both strife-torn Angola and Mozambique
>showed up, hoping to plug in to the money train."
>"Yet with that tremendous growth has come a mounting backlash, and
>complaints that maybe ecotourism isn't such a good idea for the environment
>after all. Sure, governments now have more incentive to protect fragile
>environments. But indigenous groups from Indonesia to Brazil complain of
>being forced off them by ruthless developers. So many travelers are eager to
>get back to nature that they end up trampling it in the process. In parts of
>Nepal, hikers and campers have cut down so many trees for Himalayan
>campfires that the area is becoming deforested. There's even a burgeoning
>movement of anti-globalization protesters and NGOs that have set up their
>own campaign called the International Year of Stopping Ecotourism."
>"It was never supposed to be this way. Ecotourism grew out of the
>environmental movements of the 1970s and 1980s. A young Mexican architect
>crystallized the pitch. On weekend bird-watching expeditions, Hector
>Ceballos Lasurain noticed that scores of foreigners were also traveling to
>the same reserves. So when private developers unveiled a plan to move into
>pristine flamingo habitats in the Mexican Yucatan, the architect began
>selling a new concept he called ecotourism. 'I argued that tourists would
>come and it would help the local people,' he recalls. 'I convinced the
>governor of the state of Yucatan, and it has been turned into a very
>successful nature reserve in Mexico. There used to be fishermen complaining.
>Now they make income as guides. This story could be repeated in many
>countries around the world.'"
>Financing Sustainable Tourism Conference - August 2002
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