Ecotourism in Costa Rica

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Ecotourism in Costa Rica

Tourism is one of the largest industries worldwide.People have always travelled for several reasons. During the last couple of decades nature based travel has grown tremendously.Tourism generates large amounts of revenue/income, and provides employment amongst many advantages. However tourism especially mass tourism has its share of negative effects that may threaten the fragile biodiversities worldwide.Ecotourism that seeks to strengthen compatibility between biodiversity and tourism is key to biodiversity conservation.Ecotourism in Costa Rica is a case in point.

I chose ecotourism because i think that it is important to understand the concept for us as travellers. This may be key to the conservation of biodiversities. Ecotourism promotes responsible travelwith minimum negative impacts if any at all.

What is Ecotourism?

When was the concept developed?

Who is an Ecotraveller?
-How can we become responsible tourists?

How does Ecotourism impact on Costa Rica's tourism.
-The pros and cons of ecotourism.


1.Honey, Martha S. “Treading lightly? Ecotourism's impact on the environment.” Environment, v. 41 issue 5, 1999, p. 4-9.

2. Park, Jacob.; Honey, Martha. “The paradox of paradise.” Environment, v. 41 issue 8, 1999, p. 4-5.

3. Aswathanarayana, U. “Functions and organizational structure of the proposed Natural Resources Management Facility in Mozambique.” Environmental Geology, v. 37 issue 3, 1999, p. 176-80.

4. McRae, Michael. “Spreading the profits--and the pain--of wildlife protection.” Science, v. 280 issue 5363, 1998, p. 511.

5. Edwards, Rob. “Beware green imperialists.” New Scientist, v. 154, 1997, p. 14-15.

6. Pearce, Fred. “Huge price tag put on protecting biodiversity.” New Scientist, v. 178, 2003, p. 7.

7. Burnie, David. “Ecotourists to paradise.” New Scientist, v. 142, 1994, p. 23-7.

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