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Ecotourism in the Americas in the International Year of Ecotourism

Ecotourism in the Americas in the International Year of Ecotourism

Teoros, Revue de Recherche en Tourisme 21(3): 28-37

Select examples of destinations, products and challenges to give a 'snap shot' of the ecotourism situation in the Americas in 2002 are presented under the headings: Destinations (South America, Central America and the Caribbean, North America); Ecotourism products (exploring biodiversity, ecotourism and culture, ecotourism linked with research, ecotourism as adventure, ecolodges and environmentally-sensitive accommodation, marine ecotourism, private nature reserves and ecotourism, and ecotourism products linked by themes); Issues and challenges (inadequate information service technologies, lack of suitable trained staff and guides, difficulties branding for ecotourism, lack of product transferability between marketplaces, air access problems and costs, financing, seasonality, competition for land, traditional consumptive product resistance to repositioning, lack of government assistance, and lack of national industry organization); and Future directions (systematic planning and programmes supporting ecotourism, growing educational, experiential and enrichment travel, consumer education, and partnerships).

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