Ecotourism Society Founded in 1990, Network NGO Dedicated to promoting ecotourism Members from around the world(over 90 countries): tour operators, lodge owners, affiliated businesses, universities, NGOs, associations, professionals, travelers. Ecotourism stakeholders also depend on the broader tourism industry to transport ecotourists and accommodate them upon arrival in the destination country, or for a part of their stay. The completed Application will provide enough information to enable the Department to assess and qualify Applications by determining if the ecotourism concept is acceptable for the proposed Site as well as whether the Applicant has the experience and capacity to finance and run the proposed Ecotourism Operation. The concept of ecotourism: evolution and trends Diamantis, D. Current Issues in Tourism 2(2/3): 93-122 1999 This paper focuses on the three components of ecotourism and includes a review of ecotourism's definitions followed by an examination of its natural-based, sustainability and educational components. The ecotourism is defined as ‘Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people‟ (TIES, 1990). After all, many tourists may only spend a portion of their time on an ecotour or in an ecolodge. The concept of ecotourism is not a new one as it originally appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s (Nelson, 1994). Figure 1 offers a reflection of where ecotourism can be placed within the process of developing more sustainable forms of tourism. Eco-tourism is a specialised, niche market that has evolved with the diversification of the tourism industry into ‘alternative’ or ‘special interest’ forms of tourism, including nature and adventure tourism. Mission: Engage, Educate, Inspire • Ecotourism as a Concept Ecotourism is a sub-component of the field of sustainable tourism. The idea of ecotourism was primarily generated from the concern ecotourism concept. Other important This figure also provides a demonstration of how ecotourism … OVERHEAD Model 2: Eco-tourism Components Model: overlap of eco-tourism with other tourism types. Basic text book which defines ecotourism, provides information on how the private sector provides services in the ecotourism sector, how NGOs work with ecotourism, government policy examples, development agencies and training options.