Read more Inka Porter Project Urges More Responsible Trekking With people’s thoughts beginning to turn to holidays for next year, the Inka Porter Project (IPP), is urging tourists to act responsibly when it comes to trekking in the Andes....Have you written a report or article focussing on the issues of Ecotourism? Please submit any essays, reports or articles relating to ecotourism and we will display them on our site (giving you the full credit and links to your you\ your organisation\ business).*All submissions prior to August 2008 are automatically entered into our 'best article' competition.Ski Holidays - Top 5 Responsible Travel Tips Wildlife Safaris in India - Tips from the expert Taking a jungle safari in is an exhilarating experience if done properly.To fully enjoy and experience nature the visitor needs to be extremely sensitive to his surroundings and display a large measure of patience and self-discipline... The one fact that struck me as the most interesting at a recent lecture by Dr Raghu Chandawat, an imminent Tiger scientist, was that a well known tourism zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh held a greater density of wild tigers than he had ever believed possible in such a small area.In the wake of these impacts, there is a need for the alternate tourism so that we can preserve tourism with its benefits for next generations also. Thus, sustainable tourism development has become one of the essential elements of new tourism paradigm from “mass tourism” to “sustainable tourism.” Ecotourism is now a major growth area in its own right.It is against this backdrop, the ASSOCHAM organized an International Conclave on Tourism for Sustainable Development during December 10-11, 1999 at New Delhi.After three years, the United Nations declared year 2002 as the “Year of Mountain and Eco-tourism.” The World Tourism Organization (WTO) declared the theme of the World Tourism Day to be observed on 27 September 2002 as “Eco-Tourism: The Key to Sustainable Development.” Though ecotourism assumes so much significance in the present context, it accounts for a small proportion of the global tourism market – current estimates vary between 3 to 7% only.Ecotourism is usually considered to be more than just tourism to natural areas.While difficult to measure, ecotourism is believed to be the fastest growing tourism segment. Ecotourism has recently come to be regarded as the panacea that enables us to aggressively seek tourism dollars with no obvious damage to ecosystems, since wild resources are not being harvested and there is no apparent associated development.