"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." - Aldo Leopold, 1949. Originally published as Leopold, A. (1949). “The land ethic,” A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There, London: Oxford University Press, pp. 201-226. Reprinted with kind permission.
Ecotourism has a history that is continuing to grow as more travelers look to travel with an eye on environmental conservation and more countries sustainably incorporate these travelers in their local economies and environments. Although ecotourism has a relatively short history, much has occurred since the term first made its appearance in the dictionary less than 40 years ago.
The history of ecotourism dates back to 1901 when a group of active workers took part in a trip for the preservation of the forests, but at that time, it had no specific name or any identification or autonomy from standard tourism. The term 'Ecotourism' was born in 1965, but it became more popular in the 1980s partly because of an increase in resources to make sure the tourists are safely returned to their homes after the visit.