Now lets look at WTC from the business perspective of the travel industry versus from the travelers’. Ecotourism is the specific field of travel that WTC would like to promote the most. Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990) Its the more physical aspect of what this website does. Uniting different cultures through education and enriched awareness of other places around the globe.
Groups like USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is one such company. USAID has benefited many countries through ecotourism. “USAID supports nature-based tourism activities as part of its biodiversity conservation programs in more than a dozen countries worldwide. The Agency’s ecotourism activities include support for developing national park systems, demarcating and equipping new national parks, recruiting and training park staff, and encouraging government reforms that promote regulated investments in private lodging, guide service, and other tourism ventures.” According to Untamed Path. So far they have helped to increase revenue and local involvement in conservation in the parks in Nepal, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Sri Lanka, just to name a few.
There are many many eco friendly travel companies and programs out there. With a few clicks you can have an amazing and conscientious trip planned across the globe. We did some looking and found some pretty cool ones in just a few minutes. One site in particular was pretty informative. Here we found the top 10 suggestions. The first recommended was a company called Responsible Travel. They do all the work of finding hotels, tour operators and other travel options that meet strict sustainability requirements and make them available to you on their site. The second is Natural Discovery. They specialize in eco friendly accommodations across England. The 3rd is a company called Good Travel Company. A lot of the accommodations they provide around the globe are by train and they put all the hotels, tours, etc. that they promote through a strict audit as well. To read a brief description of the top 10 ecotourism companies highlighted on the site check out the article on www.theecologist.org showcasing them.
The scavenger hunt game will work through the ecotourism and businesses around the world to encourage learning from other cultures and people across the globe by promoting their wares and being part of the hunt. A location to go to, or an unusual or unique product to find. It will also provide a place for these companies to promote their product as well as network. WTC could also be a place for the more adventurous to figure out their own eco friendly destination through their own investigations and interviews of fellow users. World Tree is a place for us to connect, learn from one another, promote causes, help out and showcase our talents, whatever they may be.