Negatives Of Ecotourism

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Ecotourism is a new term that is emerging in recent years. It became a new member of tourism terminology. According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), “ecotourism is not only described as the tourism activity or - recreational travel to natural places - but also described as the intended impact of that travel – that it “conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people”. Thus, with the advent of ecotourism, tourism for the first time embedded ethical values and positive outcomes into its definition” (Hunt, Durham, Driscall & Honey, 2014, page 341). Ecotourism has an enormity under its magnificent view. Increasing tourism to natural places without planning and management can threaten natural life and cultural life…show more content…
They support the idea that ecotourism contributes to develop environmental consciousness. However, it disturbs natural balance. One of the most important impacts of ecotourism is capturing of virgin natural territories in order to convert them to natural parks and wildlife parks that are marketed to tourists as green zones. Furthermore, ecotourism activities can lead to reduction respect the environment. To earn more money, some indigenous wealthy people cut down trees and damages natural areas so that they can build hotels guesthouses. This environmental degradation, including deforestation and the corruption of ecological balance, is negative impact of ecotourism that people exploit. This often deterritorializes both people and wild animals from their natural habitats and influences negatively wildlife. Therefore, natural areas can be damaged for request of tourists because some people can be afraid of wild animals. Moreover, animals may lose their abilities that are necessary for staying alive because of being nourished by people. The feeding of animals by tourists have some risks to both their health and sanity because animals take nutrition easily and lose their fear of human beings. Some animals such as bear become aggressive by grabbing food from visitors in nature trip. Dumped foods left by tourists can cause animals to ill. Also, negative impact…show more content…
First of all, ecotourism can change social life. In tourism periods, crime rates are rising. Criminals may notice the tourists because of their behaviors such as carrying camera, carrying backpack, using map. They can rob the tourists by taking advantage of their inexperience. Tourists can make mistakes due to not knowing the culture of local people. For example, they can harm the things that are holy for indigenous. As a result of this, local people may argue with tourists. Maybe this argument can turn into a fight. Also, visitors can rob the antiquities that have leaked the area of much of its material heritage. Professional antique hunters target the place that has many thing of value. Moreover, infrastructure issues can be a problem because infrastructure systems are designed as specified by the people living there. However, when visitors start to come to ecotourism region, infrastructure system cannot meet the demand. Zhou, Buesching, Newman, Kaneko, Xie & Macdonald (2013) argues that infrastructural development needs the careful planning in order to satisfy people. To allow the visitors the access of the area of ecotourism, roads can be made. People cut down trees to make room for roads. Secondly, ecotourism can damage cultural life of residents. Indigenous cultures will be affected because they undergo directly impacts of ecotourism, such change or loss of identity and local customs, which can be
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