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Eco-tourism Principles and Concepts

a brief review

1st Living Lakes Asia Conference in Sri Lanka Organized by the NAGENAHIRU and EMACE Foundations

in collaboration with the Global Nature Fund in Germany funded by the European Union

Chandra de Silva, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Founder President

Ecotourism Society of Sri Lanka (ESSL)

Board Member of the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) – Washington DC

Founder Director / CEO Ranweli Holiday Village

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OVERVIEW of tourism industry

• tourism has become the world’s most important civil industry, representing annually a US$3.5 trillion activity.

• The travel and tourism industry employs 127 million workers (1 in 15 workers worldwide)

• In 2005 there were 815 million international tourists (an all- time record) and it is estimated that domestic tourism may be ten times this figure.

Sources: WTO (2006), WTTC (2005)

• As deleterious in it’s impacts and environmental risks to any other major industry.

• Producing significant impacts on : Resource consumption, Pollution and Social systems.

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