Sustainable Tourism Term Paper

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¶ … sustainability has been a foundational theory of environmental conservatism since the early 1900s with Theodore Roosevelt and the founding our first national parks. However, only recently have the theory of environmental conservatism reached an epoch towards the concept of sustainability. Sustainability by itself is closely defined by the United Nations as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their needs" (Geis, npg). Sustainable tourism then is an extension of the concept of sustainability to the industry of tourism. In its most basic definition, sustainable tourism is "an industry which attempts to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate income, employment, and the conservation of local ecosystems" (gdrc, npg). The tenets of sustainable tourism, or eco-tourism, is to take responsibility and ownership of the tourism industry to ensure that it is both ecologically and culturally sensitive.Download full Download Microsoft Word File
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Sustainable tourism however, is noted by many to be nothing more than a repackaging of old ideas. The concepts behind eco-tourism, that of economic, social and cultural sensitive, are in many ways mere faces of traditional "nature" tourism (Pleumarom, npg). Anne Pleumarom, an expert on the affects of tourism in Thailand, argues that eco-tourism claims "concerning its benefits are exaggerated, or owe moer to labeling and marketing than genuine sustainability" (Pleumarom, npg). Eco-tourism's aims is to present consumers with a tourism product to explore new and uncharted territory. This is in fact a practice that has been in place for the last hundred years. The majority of consumers for new eco-tourism packages are urbanites and new middle class "alternative lifestyles" thrill seekers. However, despite their claims to supposed sensitivity to the environment as well as the indigenous culture, many times these excursions and tourism activities are carried out without local consent or support (Pleumarom, npg). Pleumarom argues that eco-tourism does not meet its goals but rather serves as an "eco-facade." This practice is oftentimes damaging to the environment because it exproporiates virgin territories such as national parks and wilderness areas. Some eco-tourism ventures have gone so far as to create luxury hotels, shopping centers and golf courses within wilderness, which is definitely antithetical to the cause of sustainable tourism. In the final analysis, Pleumarom concludes that Eco-tourism is "highly insincere." She concludes that "with a lack of success stories, and sufficient evidence of serious adverse effects, the current huge investment in eco-tourism are misplaced and irresponsible" (Pleumarom, npg).

Despite this harsh criticism, sustainable tourism definitely takes on new dimensions that are nontraditional to the tourism industry and provides new hope towards developing methods that will be highly beneficial to local cultures and the… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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Sustainable Tourism.  (2007, January 25).  Retrieved August 2, 2021, from

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"Sustainable Tourism."  25 January 2007.  Web.  2 August 2021. <>.

Chicago Style

"Sustainable Tourism."  January 25, 2007.  Accessed August 2, 2021.