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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Tourism involving travel to areas of natural or ecological interest, typically under the guidance of a naturalist, for the purpose of observing wildlife and learning about the environment.

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  • n. Responsible travel to natural areas supporting the fauna, flora, and local economy

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  • n. tourism to exotic or threatened ecosystems to observe wildlife or to help preserve nature

Etymologies

eco- +‎ tourism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When he decided to establish the camp, the term ecotourism didn't exist, but Selengut

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  • And the real motivation for ecotourism is in a room full of magic ...

    Richard Bangs: Naked in Brazil

  • Throughout the guide, Mader recommends tours and accommodations that actively support environmental protection, particularly at sites where ecotourism is linked to the well-being of the neighboring communities.

    Mexico By the Book

  • Definitely, Michoacán is a piece of paradise transformed in ecotourism.

    Guide to alternative tourism in Michoacán

  • The “green” incarnation of travel, called ecotourism, mandates that travelers minimize cultural, economic, and environmental impacts as much as possible to promote sustainability.

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  • This type of tourism, sometimes called ecotourism, makes up at most three to four percent of the industry.

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  • "Today, the ecotourism is a major source of job creation, and partnering it with academia will help us develop a more responsible resident, who will also watch for the self-sustainable growth of their state," said Julio Cesar Rezende, owner of Origene, a 100,000-acre farm in Brazil that, under his leadership, developed a self-sustainable model.

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  • So, some enterprising souls came up with the idea of ecotourism, which generally gives people a chance to get away, while focusing on resource preservation and informative cultural excursions.

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  • The aims of this plan are protection of the panda and other rare species, the protection of biodiversity and the watershed forests, the scenery and the cultural heritage; also to promote sustainable development such as ecotourism, to minimize negative environmental impacts and to increase public awareness and participation in conservation.

    The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, China

  • A Management Plan was adopted in 1996 in which conservation takes priority over ecotourism which is encouraged only within defined zones.

    Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection, Panama

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