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31 March 2009

9 Basic Guidelines of The Quality Eco-Experiences, You Should Know

Ecotourism is recognized as being one of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry. There are many places throughout the world where the natural environment and the ecosystems that exist within that environment are ideal for the delivery of a range of quality eco-experiences.

Eco-experience is reflected the reality of the sustainable environment that you should be encouraged to interact and connect with. The experience delivered by a tourism operator should be designed to excited and maintain your interest. So that you become part of the process of sustaining the environment.

The following are some basic guidelines that was suggested by Ian Menzies [1], an owner/operator and an accomplished academic teacher and author in tourism. I rewrite for your desire to excite the quality of the eco-experience if you want to participate a tourism venture:
1. You should have updated the notice of the environment which is you know the impacts on and the changes;

2. You should discuss, define and notice what objectives and outcomes for each eco-experience; You have got from the operator a detailed itineraries, briefing notes and any relevant booklets before you depart;

3. You could check, if vehicles or boats are used, the operator should carry an on-board reference library on such subjects as flora, fauna, bird watching, landforms, geology, fossils, gemstones, minerals, the aquatic environment, etc., and any literature on the local heritage and culture;

4. You should compile a photographic record of each eco-experience;

5. As many ecotours venture into wilderness areas, a comprehensive first aid kit should be carried in the operator vehicle with a portable kit in the guide’s backpack, you should have your own or be loaned backpacks to carry the gear you require in the field;

6. You should have comfortable walking boots suitable for the terrain through which you will be traveling;

7. In the tropics you should carry full water bottles (it is recommended that you drink at least 2 liters each half day), wear a sun hat and apply sunscreen, wear cool light-colored cotton clothing;

8.In colder climates ensure that participants wear cold weather gear and windproof jackets and pants (breathable preferred); and

9.Above all, the operator should have plan for any contingency and ensure that in the event of an emergency there is effective communication back to base and that an evacuation plan is in place. The safety and security of yours is paramount.

You must be feel that you are participating in a very special experience with a guide/interpreter who understands and loves the environment through which they travel.

Eco-experiences must be designed and delivered to ensure that the biodiversity of the environment is both sustained and enjoyed,for quality experiences that allow you to interact and connect with that environment are remembered long after the event.

Source: [1].Menzies, Ian, Delivering Quality Eco-Experiences, ECOCLUB.com E-Paper Series, Nr. 1, September 2002

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