Asia Ecotourism


Asia Ecotourism

Asia Ecotourism in 2013. Well, only if tourism has an ecological or human benefit it can be genuinely referred to as ecotourism, ethical, or perhaps even sustainable travel.

A new UN resolution, signed by 105 delegations, aims to support ecotourism as a way of alleviating poverty while promoting sustainability. It is quoted by United Press International:

Ecotourism creates significant opportunities for the conservation, protection and sustainable use of biodiversity and of natural areas by encouraging local and indigenous communities in host countries and tourists alike to preserve and respect the natural and cultural heritage.

It certainly seems that ecotourism is a huge growth industry throughout the world, perhaps more than normal tourism. In Asia ecotourism is taking off  also among Asian tourists traveling within Asia,  Africa, Europe or the Americas.

At this year’s 32nd ASEAN Tourism Forum in Laos (not an ecotourism conference) “sustainable” tourism features strongly.
Cambodia’s “Green and Clean” slogan and an accompanying growth in eco-conscious resorts, has resulted in a boom in tourism, i.e. 3.5 million visitors in 2012.

Asia Ecotourism China, is leaving no avenues unexplored, so visitors to the Middle Kingdom will now be able to explore towns via boat, much like one does in a certain Italian city.

From PR Web:

The scenic three-day / two-night Ancient Water Towns of China trip offers travelers the chance to discover some of the most picturesque canal towns in Eastern China, packed with charming waterway networks that rival the famous Italian city of Venice. Travelers also have the chance to spend time with a bonsai specialist to learn the tricks of the unique art form, visit China’s largest eco forest and soak up the atmosphere in the quaint towns of Wuzhen, Suzhou, and Hangzhou.

This could be probably forced in to the category of ecotravel, plus the trips to China’s “finest ecotourism destination” – the bamboo forest of Anji County.

Is 2013 the year of Asia Ecotourism?


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