Title

Protecting the Village and Park of Tortuguero, Costa Rica through Promoting Ecotourism

Date of Award

3-9-2005

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

William Robinson

Keywords

Costa Rica; Ecotourism; Ecotourism; Parque Nacional Tortuguero (Costa Rica) -- Environmental conditions; Sustainable Tourism; Tortuguero; Tortuguero (Costa Rica) -- Environmental conditions

Abstract

In her book Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Honey writes Tourism, including ecotourism, is at a crossroads. The world is not going to stop traveling for leisure, but the consequences can no longer be ignored. A shift to people and places rather than products and profit is essential in order to protect pristine travel destinations. (Honey, 19) Tortuguero is an excellent example of a tourist destination that is at a crucial junction. The challenge of maintaining the economics benefits of tourism, while protecting those resources that make it a popular destination for tourists is a complicated one and should be dealt with carefully. Introducing a management plan for the National Park that encourages eco travel will have a positive effect on the community of Tortuguero and can result in a sustainable economy.

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