Tourism businesses operate from a primarily economic-centric point of view, but nature-based tourism businesses are also acutely aware of the need to sustain the natural resource that attracts the client to their outdoor recreation service. A preliminary qualitative inquiry reveals how nature-based tourism organizations in Colorado view themselves as operating from environmentally ethical positions, what specific actions they take to minimize negative environmental impacts, and how they educate their clients about resource conservation. Findings indicate that too often companies fail to realize opportunities in which they can encourage meaningful bonds between people and nature through the use of education and environmental interpretation. Education is seen more as a means to equip tourists with skills pertaining to a certain sport/activity, rather than as a way to enrich the total experience. Due to the industry’s reliance upon natural resources, a higher level of resource interpretation should be encouraged, promoting natural resource conservation.
Gaede, Diane; Strickert, Drew; and Jurin, Richard R.
"Nature-Based Tourism Businesses in Colorado: Interpreting Environmental Ethics and Responsible Behavior,"
Journal of Tourism Insights:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.9707/2328-0824.1005
Available at: http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/jti/vol1/iss1/6