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Best Green Adventures: Eco-Time Line
Thirty years ago ecotourism was just an idea. Now it's going mainstream.
Here are ten places where it's making a difference—one trip at a time.
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The term "ecotourism" and the ideas behind it emerged almost simultaneously in Africa and the Americas. Here are some highlights of the first 30 years.
Early attempts to link
tourism and community conservation
in Amboseli are led by Kenyan biologist David Western.
Costa Rica Expeditions president Michael Kaye tells the Tico Times that
"tourism should contribute to rather than exploit
New York developer
Bay Camp, a
in the U.S. Virgin Islands, using low-impact tents and elevated walkways.
PBS airs Megan Epler Wood's documentary
The Environmental Tourist.
The conservationist-filmmaker then founds
The International Ecotourism Society
TIES holds its inaugural board meeting, and
"ecotourism" is officially defined.
Phinda Mountain Lodge
. The company's mantra: "Care for the land, care for the people, care for the animals."
Australia commits $10 million toward developing
a national ecotourism strategy
Delegates from 30 countries gather in Costa Rica to create
international standards for ecolodges
The United Nations declares this the
International Year of Ecotourism
First Conference on Ecotourism
in the U.S. is held in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Calls increase for
ecotourism standards across the mainstream travel industry.
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