There was a time when the term eco-tourism conjured up images of sandal-wearing Swampy types who spent their holidays exploring recycling plants, staying in grass huts and eating wild roots in remote wilderness spots. Not any more. These days, almost every self-respecting travel company seems to have some sort of "eco" aspect to its programme: from promoting environmentally aware hotels and water-saving schemes, to encouraging the purchase of the produce and services of local communities.
The website www.responsibletravel.com provides a good overview of the issues involved and offers a wide range of eco-tourism holidays, from romantic getaways in the Maldives to mountain gorilla safaris in Africa.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - Travel in style and substance
The Telegraph website posted an article recently on the growth industry of Eco Tourism.