Eco-tourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015).
Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests. Ecotourism’s perceived potential as an effective tool for sustainable development is the main reason why developing countries are now embracing it and including it in their economic development and conservation strategies.
Ecotourism involves the idea of visiting natural areas in order to learn, study or carry out activities in an environmentally friendly manner. The SOLE social gives the opportunity to have experience with nature without moving from your home.
Eco-tourism helps in community development by providing a sustainable, alternate source of livelihood for the local community. Its aim is to conserve resources, especially biological diversity, and maintain sustainable use of resources that bring an ecological experience to travellers, conserve the ecological environment and gain economic benefit.
While a variety of lifestyle research studies show that travellers are concerned about environmental conservation and the welfare of local people, their travel choices do not appear to be based on these outlooks. Consumers’ need to make responsible travel choices and this is increasingly pivotal to the success of eco-tourism objectives, making it highly important that they understand precisely what is a good eco-tourism experience.
Research on nature tourism has shown that as much as 50% of the total travel market wants to visit a natural area during a trip, which might include a short day trip to a national park. Key eco-tourism destinations have reported dramatic increases in visits to protected natural areas. Eco-tourists have always been strongly attracted to national parks and protected areas such as Geo-parks.