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Eco-Tourism (12/06/2002)

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Think ecotourism is code for “rough camping in rugged lands”? Think it means sleeping in rustic tents and eating bad food? Think it’s something only aging hippies and vegetarian liberals do? Think again. Ecotourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the travel industry, and, yes, there’s an ecotour for everyone -- even prissy Republicans who drive SUVs. So what is ecotourism? Clearly, a trip to Disneyland probably doesn’t qualify, but there are no easy definitions. To help us better understand what ecotourism is and is not -- and to help you find an ecotour that’s just right -- Bill Eichbaum joins us. He’s the vice president of Endangered Spaces at the World Wildlife Fund.

»Savvy Resources:

World Tourism Organization:
­www.world-tourism.org/frameset/frame_sustainable.html

The International Ecotourism Society:
­www.ecotourism.org

Conservation International's Ecotravel Center:
­www.ecotour.org

United Nations Environment Programme / Ecotourism:
­www.uneptie.org/pc/tourism/ecotourism/home.htm

World Ecotourism Summit:
­www.ecotourism2002.org/anglais/index_a.html

World Wildlife Fund:
­www.wwfus.org

And, of course, there is www.ecotravel.com

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