What is the difference between ecotourism and sustainable tourism?
Sustainable tourismAccording to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), sustainable tourism is tourism development with a balance between environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects:
“Sustainability principles refer to the environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development. A suitable balance must be established between these three dimensions to guarantee its long term sustainability”
EcotourismFor the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), ecotourism is defined as:
"Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education"
Ecotourism should provide direct financial benefits for conservation and local people and is focused on the conservation of natural resources.