According to The International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is:
Principles of Ecotourism:
Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:
Ethics in Ecotourism:
Certified Florida SEE members provide quality opportunities for eco-travelers to experience nature in ways that lead to greater understanding, appreciation and enjoyment by adhering to the following ecotourism ethics:
While being “on vacation” should be a relaxing experience for you, many times accommodations or travel providers do not make it easy for you to live the “greener life” you are accustom to at home. Eco-tourists can have a tremendous impact on the tourism industry by choosing to be a responsible traveler.
By doing a little homework and making informed choices, you can have the vacation of your dream, while benefiting the environment and the local community. Responsible travel is travel with a purpose. When choosing destinations, accommodations, and tour providers, consider which ones work to protect the environment and benefit local cultures and communities.
To help you plan your visit to Florida, review on our “Certified Providers” page. These Ecotour Providers are recognized as preferred service providers who are committed to using best practices for ecological sustainability, natural area management, and quality ecotourism experiences. Enjoy the many experiences we have to offer along our coast, uplands and wetland habitats. Remember that we are all visitors to these natural ecosystems, and with enjoyment comes responsible behaviors that help keep our “natural heritage” pristine. THANKS for your doing your part!
Additional resources to help you as an Eco-tourist in Florida:
If you are a business, organization, resident, or visitor in Florida, we welcome your comments, concerns, questions, and general feedback about ecotourism practices and service providers throughout Florida. Send your comments suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. THANK YOU