International Handbook on Ecotourism
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International Handbook on Ecotourism

Edited by Roy Ballantyne and Jan Packer

This Handbook brings together contributions from over forty international experts in the field of ecotourism. It provides a critical review and discussion of current issues and concepts – it challenges readers to consider the boundaries of what ecotourism is, and could be. The Handbook provides practical information regarding the business of ecotourism; insights into ecotourist behaviour and visitor experiences; and reflections on the practice of ecotourism in a range of different contexts.
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Chapter 24: Indigenous ecotourism

Jeremy Buultjens, Amanda Shoebridge and Nadine E. White


As White, Buultjens and Shoe bridge note in Chapter 8, Indigenous peoples suffer considerable economic and social disadvantage. One suggested strategy for overcoming this disadvantage has been the pursuit of business opportunities provided through ecotourism. Although there are examples of positive Indigenous participation in ecotourism resulting in economic, social and environmental benefits, there are a number of issues that require attention. This chapter examines Indigenous participation in ecotourism and looks at some of the issues that need to be addressed in order to advance Indigenous ecotourism. The chapter begins with an examination of Indigenous tourism and its market demand and supply factors. This is followed by a section that outlines the potential and actual costs and benefits associated with Indigenous peoples’ participation in the industry. The final section is the conclusion.

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