Managing Ecotourism in Central America

By Camilo Rosales.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

Ecotourism is a unique kind of tourism that involves education and interpretation of the natural environment and is managed to be ecologically sustainable. More than any other form of travel, ecotourism is knowledge-based; visitors come seeking to learn from endangered habitats and to witness glimpses of the shrinking wonders of natural ecosystems.
The formula for ecotourism is based on the preservation of indigenous habitats and autochthonous cultures while improving socioeconomic conditions with visitor’s dollars.
Tourism is now the world’s largest industry and ecotourism has become a global phenomenon through the advent of affordable jet travel, the enormous popularity of nature travel on television and the Internet, and the political and scientific pressure for environmental stewardship.
Scientific research, poverty, underdevelopment, overdevelopment, overvisitation, legal regulations, national boundaries, local vs. foreign, preservation vs. change, etc. converge in managing ecotourism.
This paper will explore the complex management challenges of ecotourism in Central America, particularly for organizations in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.

Keywords: Ecotourism, Management, Globalization

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 966.755KB).

Prof. Camilo Rosales

Associate Professor of Architecture, College of Architecture + The Arts, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

Camilo Rosales, AIA is an Associate Professor of architecture at Florida International University. Mr. Rosales received a Master of Architecture II from Harvard University and a Master and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered architect in the states of New York and Florida. Mr. Rosales received a fellowship from the International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS, Germany) for work related to sustainable development. He has also received design and teaching awards from the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Rosales is a founder of Florida International University’s Ecotourism Council. With the FIU Center for Environmental and Urban Problems he co-edited a compendium entitled “Guidelines for Ecotourism”. Mr. Rosales’ Academic work is a reflection of his practice which seeks to integrate nature, culture, technology and management.


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