GEOG 3490 Chapter 9: Chapter 9 Notes.docx

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Comments on new approaches to tourism: terms like environmentally friendly tourism, sustainable tourism, ecotourism, responsible tourism, low impact tourism are in common use and designate low impact tourism programs which might result in some form of sustainable benefits in the destination area. The concept of alternative tourism can be interpreted in 2 ways: aware tourism: alternative tourism as a form of more environmentally, or, alternative tourism as types of tourism that are different to mainstream tourism without being any less environmentally damaging. Characteristics of alternative tourism: small scale development with high rates of local, minimized negative environmental/social impacts, maximized linkages to other sectors of the local ownership economy, retention to the majority of the economic expenditure from tourism by local people, localized power sharing and involvement of people in the decision making process, pace of development directed and controlled by local people rather than external influences.

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