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About Ecotourism


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word ecotour was first documented in 1973 and ecotourism possibly after that in 1982. According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) ecotourism  ‘…is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel.’ 

Ecotourism is an idea that has evolved in the 30 or so years since it was first established. It has gone from being an unregulated and somewhat unpredictable way for tourists to see wild places to, thanks to changing attitudes, a genuine approach to helping save wildlife and wild spaces. Now, ecotourism in most cases has become a responsible way to travel, to promote the conservation of natural areas and maintain the wellbeing of local peoples and animals. Community-based ecotourism companies work closely with local people, providing income and incentive to conserve the surrounding areas.

In the case of parrots, protecting the land can help to save them, as most depend on intact forests. The World Parrot Trust supports responsible ecotourism as a means to protect parrot habitat and populations throughout the world.