EcoTourism: Boon or Bane?

Posted by Trish Riley, December 4, 2009

Hitesh China

Tourism is one of our biggest economic drivers, but there are times when the influx of out-of-towners can take a terrible toll on local communities. The best way to ensure that travelers can make the most of their desire for exploring while enhancing the places they visit is by creating sustainable tourism opportunities. Hitesh Mehta is an ecolodge designer who has spent the past two years traveling the world assessing the authenticity of ecolodges  for his upcoming book, Authentic Ecolodges.  He looks for places that operate under their own power, utilize local resources and local labor, promoting the local economy and protect the local environment. Here are a few articles about him and his work:

Hitesh Mehta: Planet Green

Hemispheres HITESH MEHTA by Trish Riley

Ecotourism, or ecological tourism, reportedly now represents five per cent of the overall tourism market across the world. It’s generally defined as travelling to fragile, pristine and often protected areas where the accommodation strives to have a low impact on the environment. So designing eco resorts requires considerable care.

Listen to an interview with Hitesh on ABC Radio International

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