Ecotourism: pondering the paradoxes
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Fennell (1999, p. 9) notes that alternative tourism encompasses a ‘whole range of tourism strategies (e.g. “appropriate”,
“eco”, “soft”, “responsible”, “people to people”, “controlled”, “small-scale”, “cottage”, and “green” tourism), all of which purport to offer a more benign alternative to conventional mass tourism’. In particular, the term ‘ecotourism’ found its way into the tourism vernacular during the 1980s and into increasingly wide use by industry, government and public bodies, conservationists, academics and tourists themselves. Initially ecotourism was seen to provide tourism experiences that were not detrimental to the natural and social environments of host regions (Cater and Goodall, 1992).