Sustainable tourism allows for continuation of activity at the same level for future generations. It minimises the impact of activity on the environment; supports the livelihoods and culture of local people; manages resources to prevent depletion; and reduces the ecological footprint of industry.

Ecotourism is tourism directed towards exotic natural environments, intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.

  1. Identify the problems created by tourism in Thailand
  2. List and describe the strategies used to manage and sustain the tourism industry.

Case Study: Ecotourism in UMPHANG, Thailand


strategies to manage and sustain the tourism industry

  1. Download and save this document
  2. Scan the text, identify and highlight two alternative definitions of ecotourism. Add these to your notes.
  3. Read the rest of the document and add to your notes

ecotourism STRATEGIES // DIAMOND 9

  1. In groups, organise these management strategies to form a diamond.
  2. Most important at the top, least important at the bottom.
  3. Discuss each choice in your group. The goal here is discussion and debate of choices.
  4. Mix the groups and share your thoughts.
  5. Write a summary of your discussion and your top three choices for management of the Ecotourism industry in Umphang.

independent work

  1. Conduct research into an ecotourism destination in Thailand. Create a document explaining how to get there, the location of the town in Thailand with map and the details of the place to stay.
  2. Focus on what makes this an ecotourist destination and the lengths to which the accommodation meets the criteria of ecotourism.
  3. Share this with the group and decide which one is the best option for an ecotourism holiday.

further reading - COMMUNITY TOURISM