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 (ē′kō-to͝or′ĭz′əm, ĕk′ō-)
Tourism that involves visiting scenic or remote natural areas while attempting to minimize negative impacts on the environment and on the local inhabitants.

e′co·tour′ n.
e′co·tour′ist adj. & n.


(Environmental Science) tourism that is designed to contribute to the protection of the environment or at least minimize damage to it, often involving travel to areas of natural interest in developing countries or participation in environmental projects
ˈecoˌtourist n


(ˌɛk oʊˈtʊər ɪz əm, ˈi koʊ-)
tourism to places having unspoiled natural resources.
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Noun1.ecotourism - tourism to exotic or threatened ecosystems to observe wildlife or to help preserve nature
tourism, touristry - the business of providing services to tourists; "Tourism is a major business in Bermuda"
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Now these photogenic fishes are spotlighted in two new studies, showing how ecotourists can become citizen scientists by turning their photos into data goldmines.
Calawag added that the number of ecotourists visiting the Tibiao River has been growing.
Meanwhile, ecotourists spend thousands of dollars to come to the Philippines to encounter these enigmatic animals.
On his return trip, he witnesses the mass murder of a boatload of ecotourists.
The societies warn that leishmaniasis is becoming more common in the United States, in part because of ecotourists infected in Central and South America and returning soldiers infected in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Forsberg is a biologist protecting giant manta rays by helping fishermen pursue ecotourism as an alternative income source and training them alongside ecotourists to collect data on the distribution and abundance of this species.
We want to be the gathering place for the community of Cedar Grove, and a destination for ecotourists and locovores from surrounding cities, counties and states," said Kether Smith.
I am more appalled that ecotourists pay so little to bastardize the wilds of Africa--and bastardize they do, make no mistake about it.
Conceived, researched, and largely written as part of a Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency research project between 2006 and 2009, Kall<AEe>n, informed by nearly 20 years of research in Laos, presents 11 themed essays which investigate the relationship between archaeology, colonialism, and ecotourism at Hintang (Standing Stones), and how these relationships affect ecotourists, archaeologists, and heritage managers, as well as the local community.
Davao's "Explore, Relax, Repeat" TVC highlights its eco-adventure and wellness assets which aim to attract the ecotourists, adventure seekers, and health and wellness enthusiasts.
We have groups of ecotourists who pay significant sums to come to visit our plants," Bou Dagher Kharrat said.
For the past year-and-a-half, the trails advisory board has met with the DCR and other conservation and recreation groups to discuss the possibility on a somewhat smaller scale at Pittsfield State Forest and also to create and promote recreational destinations for ecotourists throughout other state-owned parks.