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MS Humanities: Tourism



Ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people."

Principles of Ecotourism

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate

Some books

Sustainable geo-tourism


Read all about it!


How does your destination:

* generate greater economic benefits for local people 

* involve local people in the decisions that affect their lives

* create  connections with local people

* conserve cultural while embracing diversity

• provide access for physically challenged people

What behaviours would you advise visitors in order to be respectful to this destination (think cultural, environmental and religious for example).



Why travel?  Is travel an important part of education.  Read this article by Alison Smith in the "WhyDev" blog.  Consider her views and look at the comments the article attracted.  Do you agree with her point of view?

Search Popular UWCSEA Online Journals

UWCSEA has digital access to over 3,000 journals via Gale-Cengage.

Below are links to some of the most popular ones.

Search terms

  •        Ecotourism (eco-tourism)
  •        Eco-travel
  •        Agritourism
  •        Green tourism
  •        Ethical tourism
  •        Volunteer Tourism
  •      Sustainable tourism
  •      Rural development
  •      Conservation
  •      Sustainable development
  •      Nature conservation

Locations in Chiang Mai

Night Market, think about bargaining, purchase of souveniers, what about Thailand being the biggest unregulated market in Ivory and the link between ivory and terrorism?

Punpun Sustainable Living Centre,

Queen Sirikit  Botanic Gardens  (QSBG),

Reptile Farm (or other sites along that road), read this article about raids on the reptile farms.

local thai restaurant / tea house,

rafting trip, etc.

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