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Trends in Eco-accommodation Worldwide Market Report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Trends in Eco-accommodation Worldwide market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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The eco-accommodation sector’s history is formally traced back to 1994 when the term ‘ecolodge’ effectively received formal tourism-industry endorsement at the First International Ecolodge Forum held at Maho Bay Camps in the US Virgin Islands. The sector’s longevity, however, goes beyond that, as the term ‘ecotourism’, from whence the term ‘eco-accommodation’ is derived, was being used first by development and conservation professionals, and then in tourism, from the early 1980s. Ecotourism and eco-accommodation were originally developed as a means of bringing sustainable development to protected areas rich in fauna and flora resources such as national parks, game reserves and conservation areas. While ecotourism and eco-accommodation has largely moved out from the sphere of a conservation development operation into that of tourism, the ethos still remains the same. That is, the ecotourism or eco-accommodation outlet exists to bring sustainable development to the area of operation of that outlet.

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Although terms such as ecotourism and eco-accommodation are by now relatively well understood, they are quite fluid in nature and it is therefore worth revisiting the definitions and descriptions. For example, in general usage and understanding the term ecotourism has morphed from an alternative expression for sustainable tourism, through to a catch-all phrase for any kind of tourism involving the natural world, to now a more technical appreciation of what the sector stands for and offers to tourists.

  • Eco-accommodation
  • Ecotourism
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Associated sectors
  • Adventure tourism
  • Agritourism
  • Community-based tourism
  • Rural tourism
  • Scuba-diving

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Jessica Kelly, a leading analyst in the Travel sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The eco-accommodation sector is one of the most familiar market expressions of sustainable tourism, and by now it has achieved a measure of longevity and durability that speaks volumes about its place in the tourism industry. Jessica Kelly
Senior Tourism Analyst


What's included

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview

          • Definitions and descriptions
            • Eco-accommodation
              • Ecotourism
                • Sustainable tourism
                  • Associated sectors
                    • Adventure tourism
                      • Agritourism
                        • Community-based tourism
                          • Marine tourism
                            • Rural tourism
                              • Scuba-diving
                                • Eco-accommodation’s position in the market life cycle
                                  • Early-phase market characteristics
                                    • A maturing sector
                                      • Mature-phase market characteristics
                                        • Remaining early-stage inclination
                                        • Economics of International Eco-accommodation

                                            • Global tourism
                                              • Global economic indicators
                                                • Figure 1: Select economic metrics, global tourism, 2007-20*
                                              • Myanmar
                                                • Ecotourism policy
                                                  • Tourist spending
                                                    • Figure 2: Key economic metrics, Myanmar, 2008-20*
                                                  • Visitor arrivals
                                                    • Figure 3: Overnighting tourist & day-visitor arrivals, Myanmar, 2008-20*
                                                  • Rohingya Crisis
                                                    • Key source markets
                                                      • Figure 4: Tourist arrivals by nationality, top 15 source markets*, Myanmar, 2009-20**
                                                    • Tanzania
                                                      • Sustainable tourism policy
                                                        • Key economic indicators
                                                          • Figure 5: Key economic metrics, tourism in Tanzania, 2007-20*
                                                        • Visitor arrivals
                                                          • Figure 6: International visitor arrivals, top 15 source markets*, Tanzania, 2007-20**
                                                        • Key source-market characteristics
                                                          • Costa Rica
                                                            • Market positioning
                                                              • Visitor arrivals
                                                                • Figure 7: International arrivals, by region of origin, Costa Rica, 2007-20
                                                              • Top source markets
                                                                • Figure 8: Top 30 source markets*, Costa Rica, 2007-20
                                                              • Air arrivals’ visitor characteristics
                                                                • Figure 9: International air arrivals, Juan Santamaria & Daniel Oduber Quirós international airports, select visitor characteristics by markets, 2015 & 2016
                                                            • Eco-accommodation Market Strategisation

                                                                • Specialist versus generalist markets
                                                                  • The understated way
                                                                    • Industry comment: Hans Pfister, The Cayuga Collection
                                                                      • Specialisation
                                                                        • Eco-luxe
                                                                          • Critical regionalism
                                                                            • Social connectors
                                                                              • Inside/outside mutualism
                                                                                • Packaging up the eco-accommodation experience
                                                                                  • Market evidence
                                                                                    • Figure 10: International air arrivals, Juan Santamaria & Daniel Oduber Quirós international airports, select trip characteristics by source markets, 2015 & 2016
                                                                                • Industry Insight

                                                                                  • Glenn Jampol, ecotourism hotelier and chair, The Global Ecotourism Network
                                                                                  • What Next?

                                                                                      • Extreme carbon cutting
                                                                                        • Soneva Fushi, Maldives
                                                                                          • Myanmar Stoves Campaign
                                                                                            • Food-services specialisation
                                                                                              • Health-conscious food
                                                                                                • Healthy eating market indicators
                                                                                                  • Vegan food
                                                                                                    • Jobs in tourism
                                                                                                      • Global tourism jobs creation
                                                                                                        • Marine plastic waste
                                                                                                          • Plastic bans and plastic pollution levies
                                                                                                            • An eco-accommodation potential response
                                                                                                              • Rewilding agricultural land
                                                                                                                • Knepp Estate Rewilding Project
                                                                                                                  • Rewilding tourism

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