How Ecolodges Work ~ Choosing Ecotourism (6 of 6)

With Wenhai Lake near its front steps and the peaks of Jade Dragon in the background, the community-operated Wenhai Ecolodge is a scenic, peaceful mountain retreat. The converted Naxi courtyard house has been recently renovated and updated with sustainable energy systems. Photo: The Wenhai Ecolodge

With Wenhai Lake near its front steps and the peaks of Jade Dragon in the background, the community-operated Wenhai Ecolodge is a scenic, peaceful mountain retreat. The converted Naxi courtyard house has been recently renovated and updated with sustainable energy systems. Photo: The Wenhai Ecolodge

Choosing Ecotourism

In approaching ecotourism, you may find yourself asking some of the following questions:

  • Why should I choose to stay at an ecolodge over a traditional motel or hotel?
  • Why choose ecotourism over a traditional vacation?

The answer to these questions can be found within the book, “Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?” by Martha Honey.

In her book, Honey describes what she considers the seven main points of ecotourism:

  • Involves travel to natural destinations
  • Minimizes negative impact on the environment
  • Builds environmental awareness
  • Provides direct funds for conservation
  • Provides funds for the empowerment of local people
  • Respects local culture
  • Supports human rights and democratic movements

If any of these points appeal to you, an ecolodge may be the perfect choice for your next vacation!

Of course, not all ecolodges and eco-tours will meet each of these criteria, but you should look for something that comes close. With true ecotourism, it is possible to have a vacation that is both personally rewarding and good for the community you visit. A good ecolodge can offer you a vacation that, without jeopardizing the local environment, helps contribute to the local community and welfare of the area. After staying at an ecolodge, you can feel proud that you have become a responsible traveler. And that can be just as important as the vacation itself.

Source: How Stuff Works

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5 Responses to How Ecolodges Work ~ Choosing Ecotourism (6 of 6)

  1. Pingback: How Ecolodges Work ~ Choosing Ecotourism (6 of 6) « Endangered Eden

  2. Interesting- I’ll have to get the book!

    Here in Devon we think an eco lodge should let you tread lightly on the planet, above all else. Tourism can be so wasteful of natural resources – yet it doesn’t have to be!

    Lets hope it grows in popularity so that in a few years time it won’t be just the eco lodges that offer green holidays.

    • endangerededen says:

      Hi Wheatlandfarm, yeah I think keeping everything as organic as possible, with minimal modern (packaging, processing, etc.) touches is the way to go, to provide a unique “eco” (read: green) experience. By nature, farms are the roots of what we all used to do, agriculture. Keep striving for your goals!! ciao, dian

  3. Thanks for the tip on the book! Ecotourism can not only provide relaxation, but a completely new experience that lets you see the beauty of the world and learn new things. It’s great!

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