Online ISSN : 1884-4669
Print ISSN : 0915-4353
ISSN-L : 0915-4353
金田 岩光近藤 健雄
ジャーナル フリー

2001 年 13 巻 2 号 p. 25-32


This study was to research the definition of Ecotourism and to propose the new concept of Ecotourism and its applicable way. The new definition of Ecotourism could be characterized as three.
(1) To experience and learn the intact natural environment, culture, and historical buildings and spots.
(2) To minimally discontinue the impact to the regional resources by tourism and enhance endeavors to conserve its value.
(3) To give the pleasure from experiences and the message of the real meaning of preservation and conservation to tourists.
Then, it is linked to the vitalization of the region. Also, it offers the activities to preserve regional environment, cooperating with both tourists and residents.
Clarifying Ecotourism clears the two types of Ecotourism. One is “Preservation Type of Ecotourism”, and the other is “Symbiosis Type of Ecotourism”. In Japan, the region, which needs the plan of regional vitalization, has been developed. “Symbiosis Type of Ecotourism” is adapted as the new concept of Ecotourism in this study, and it is used as the main concept for vitalizing regions.
Finally, the application of “Symbiosis Type of Ecotourism” for vitalizing regions is described. “Symbiosis Type of Ecotourism” is composed of six components, “residents, tourists, travel agencies, local government, researchers, and developers”. They have to cooperate with each other to form the region balanced between natural and historical resources, existing tourism resources, and development.

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