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lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
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Course aims
To provide an overview of the principles, perspectives, and development trends in sustainable thinking and ecotourism. Environmental, social, cultural, economic, and geographic aspects of ecotourism are discussed. A student has to acquire basic knowledge of the planning and development of ecotourism.
Brief description of the course
Main principles and concepts of ecotourism. Concept and principle of sustainable tourism, alternative tourism, rural tourism, and nature tourism and their relationship with ecotourism. An overview of the main destinations and source countries for ecotourism. Economic aspects of ecotourism. Market demand and supply. A description of an ecotourist. Economic research into ecotourism. Impact of ecotourism on the local economy, increases to local income. Impact of ecotourism on nature. Ecotourism in protected areas. Visitor management strategies and methods. Preservation of cultural diversity, related problems, profits, and losses. Inclusion of local people in ecotourism activities. The notion of interpretation, planning phases, different forms and techniques in ecotourism.
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Assessment methods
The assessment consists of 60% for the written exam, 30% for the submitted ecotourism development project, 10% for the presentation.
dotsent Mart Reimann
Study literature
Weaver, D. B. (2003). The Encyclopedia of Ecotourism. CABI Publishing.
Replacement literature
Higham, J. (2007). Critcal Issues In Ecotourism: Understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. Buttleworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 23−46.
Buckley, R. (2004). Environmental impacts of ecotourism. CABI Publishing, Wallingford.
Gössling, S., Hultman, J. (2006). Ecotourism in Scandinavia: Lessons in theory and practice. CABI Publishing, Wallingford.
Higham, J. (2007). Critical Issues In Ecotourism: Understanding a complex tourism phenomenon. Buttleworth-Heinemann, Oxford.
Weaver, D. (2001). Ecotourism. John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd. Milton.
Weaver, D. B., Lawton, L. J. (2007). Twenty years on: The state on contemporary ecotourism research. Tourism Management 28. 1168−1179.