“Nature tourism may be crucial to the visitor experience or may simply enhance the experience ... yet, it can be the most underestimated force in tourism.”- Bruce Dickson (TDS)
Nature-based tourism"Nature in tourism involves experiencing natural places, typically through outdoor activities that are sustainable in terms of their impact on the environment."(Source: Tourism New South Wales)Nature-based tourism encompasses many leading and rapidly growing tourism subsets, including:•soft and hard adventure activities, •beach tourism, •wildlife/marine-life tourism, •scenic driving and sightseeing, •eco-tourism, ecotourism •nature & environmental photography •garden tourism.Nature tourism may be crucial to the experience or may simply enhance the experience. It also includes the benefits of nature such as relaxation and enriching the spirit. Yet, it can be the most underestimated force in tourism. KEY CONSIDERATION: The World Tourism Organization reports that nature based tourism is the fastest growing tourism sector. Its importance should not be ignored. A key strategic challenge is now dealing with destination oversupply!
Nature ... its role and importance often underestimated
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike." - John Muir Founder of Sierra Club