Further to ERROL FINKELSTEIN’S ‘Quo vadis, Plettenberg Bay?’ in CXPRESS of February 7, the following addendum…
ECOTOURISM (as per Wiki) is defined as a form of tourism that involves visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small-scale alternative to standard commercial mass tourism.
Ecotourism focuses on socially-responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability. Norway, for example, is a champion of sustainable tourism.
Norway is “powered by nature” according to the country’s official tourism slogan. For many years, Norway has been ranked among the top countries to live in. Also, according to the UN World Happiness Report 2017, Norway was voted one of the happiest countries in the world.
This makes it an obvious choice to be a top sustainable destination, when environmental, social and government profiles are included. Norwegian people believe that conservation is a responsibility to be shared by the whole community, including the tourism industry.
In 2007, the Norwegian government introduced its Sustainable Norway campaign to increase awareness of sustainable tourism, the environment, local communities, and social matters.