Eco-tourism causes damage to the environment instead of conserving it. Eco-tourism is considered by most if not all as traveling to natural areas with responsibility in mind which the environment is conserved and the well being of the local people are taken care of as well as being sustainable on an ecological scale with a sole purpose of experiencing natural areas that builds environmental and cultural understanding, positive reception and upkeep (Brown 2011). However, tourism in natural areas cannot be considered and be defined as sustainable ecotourism unless it possesses the basic qualities. First of all, a sustainable ecotourism area must be able create thoughtful and attentiveness towards local environments and cultures. Conservation initiatives must be supported financially as well as empowerment and contribution of locals as a concerted project (Davis 2007). Simply put it, both the environment and the local community benefits from this simple concept. Protection and conservation of the natural landscape is the main goal of ecotourism as well as attracting tourists. It also represents the flow of tourism and economy status of a community (Tory 2010).
Even though eco-tourism itself is based on an ideal concept and potentially able to help the environment, it is still highly controversial as in whether it is worth sacrificing all the natural resources which we take for granted and make room just for the sake of tourism. After all, putting the environment before profit is an impossible feat as it is part of a human’s nature to take care of their own interest before others. Although eco-tourism does have benefits for the environment, it is considered as a double-edged sword as it still causes more damage to the environment due to mismanagement by the authorities, people’s behaviour and lack of awareness towards eco-tourism as well as influx of tourist which lead to an increase of pollution to the environment.
With all the excitement encircling eco-tourism it is revitalizing to hear an unconventional viewpoint that questions the legitimacy of claims made on the behalf of ecotourism. It is undeniable that ecotourism can just be as damaging as other forms of traditional tourism. Sustainable, nature-based and environmentally friendly eco-tourism holidays is now subject to considerable debate. With a yearly growth of 15%, it is one of the tourism industry’s fastest emergent subsectors. Claims of economic and social difference from eco-tourism have been actively promoted worldwide by government and tourism industry alike but that it lacks sufficient scientific nitty-gritty and is not practicable as a solution to the world’s common and environmental problems (Merg 1999).
Eco-tourism causes significant damage to the environment instead of conserving it. One of main reason for this is mismanagement of the habitat by the establishment who destroy the environment instead of conserving it. The concept of ecotourism is still relatively new to the 21st...