-To contribute as much to the development of rural and mountainous areas, but always in respect to nature.
-To discover natural places protected but at the same time give you accommodate welcoming and comfortable home.
->Definition of key terms
Tourism is the act of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for some time for leisure, business or any other purpose.
A tourist is a person who travels for recreation, holiday, business, religion, sport, family reasons, professional or intellectual pursuits, staying at least 24hrs but not more than one year.
The development of a region’s tourism industry in such a way as to not damage or deplete the resources and attractions that make the region attractive to tourists.
Ecotourism (also known as ecological tourism) is responsible travel to fragile, pristine,and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale. It can also be referred to as Green Tourism.
Responsible travel to natural areas which conserve the environment and improve the welfare of the local people.
TOPIC:ECO TOURISMAIM: THIS PROJECT AIMS AT ENABLING STUDENTS ANALYZE THE CONCEPT OF ECO TOURISM,PROMATE SUSTAINABLE USE OF NATURAL ENVIROMENT,AND BUILD ON THEIR INTERS IN BECOMING BETTER INFORMED TO MANAGE ECO TOURISEM SITES EFFECTI-EFFECT ON THE INFRASTURCTURE.
Ecotourism is often misunderstood for sustainable tourism, cultural tourism or responsible tourism. So what does it mean?
Is the environment being cared for? Is there genuine effort to help the local economies?Are resources being left intact for future generations? Is the local culture being honored,valued, and not just photographed?
These questions will cut through the semantics and allow one to judge if Ecotourism is being practiced at a certain area.
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Conclusions and Recommendations
Through this research, we learnt quite a lot about Green Tourism, Ecotourism and caring for the environment. We also came to know that the majority of the people around us do not keep the environment in their minds while carrying on with their daily lives.
This has had an outstanding effect on tourism.
We see Ecotourism as a major tourist attraction in the next 10
years, but why wait that long?
We found out that the few who practise Ecotourism do not have the confidence to rely on it alone to attract foreign or even local tourists. Regardless of lack of knowledge of green tourism by the public, we still come to the conclusion that GREEN TOURISM IS A FACT!
We would like to recommend that the appropriate Ministries educate Albanians on Ecotourism and its benefits to individuals and to the environment. We would also like to recommend it to improve infrastructure in all areas especially those leading to tourist attractions such as roads which have a great influence on the opinions tourists retain of a site.The laws against poaching, illegal logging and fishing should be enforced. More funds should be directed to the protection of our nature reservoirs. This way we can both care for our environment and increase Green Tourism.We have reason to believe that if these recommendations are considered, Ecotourism would have a positive effect on the tourism industry of Albania.
Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. Its purpose may be to educate the traveller, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights. Since the 1980s ecotourism has been considered a critical endeavour by environmentalists, so that future generations may experience destinations relatively untouched by human intervention. Generally, ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora,fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Ecotourism is intended to offer tourists insight into the impact of human beings on the environment, and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.
Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creation of economic opportunities for local communities.
There are many different benefits that can be derived from Ecotourism if it is used as a tool by local communities rather than large outside interests.
1. It is a promising means of advancing social, economic and environmental objectives in developing countries.
2. It offers countries new opportunities for small enterprise investments and
3. It increases national stake in protecting their biological resources.
4. It earns the country foreign exchange which may be used in improving other sectors or handling other challenges being faced by the country such as poverty.
5. It creates job opportunities for the individuals situated in the lower strata of the society. This way their living standards are improved.
6. It benefits the surrounding community and cares for the environment, reducing
negative effects such as global warming.
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