The idea of combing tourism with conservation and sustainability has been a part of African safaris since the very early days and the development of national parks here in the United States in the 19th century – the work of John Muir also is a part of a similar concept. But as to the specific term, there is not agreement as to it’s first use – but it was in published material in the 1980’s.
Some would argue that the roots of ecotourism can be seen in the explorations of Caesar, Marco Polo, and Aristotle. Although not geared towards tourism, these travelogues embodied the ecotourist’s desire to visit a wild and new part of the world and to understand and explore the environmental uniqueness found therein.
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