The need to unwind after a very long day of work is common for all human beings. To escape, we tend to look for places with tranquil or calm surroundings, and these are very difficult to find in modern cities. The ‘concrete jungle’ is a land of opportunity and work, but inept for leisure.
So, our quest for relaxation takes us to natural landscapes such as mountains, beaches or forests, for peace and quiet. Owing to their popularity, we earmark some of these habitats and make them hospitable with hotels, viewpoints, trekking paths, and so on, to accommodate the many visitors in comfortable settings.
As a result, Ecotourism emerged aiming to provide an undisturbed experience of eco spots. The focus was not just on the audience, but also the environment to ensure responsible travel, with no harm inflicted on habitats. But like with every industry, the more traction the travel and tourism industry gained, the more commercialized it got. The purpose behind it started vanishing, beyond the cloud of profits.
How can growth and ecotourism be conceived together in the same frame?
The modern era is marked by industrialization and its effect in shaping the city and its economy. The amount of infrastructure developed for various purposes continues to overwhelm the city event today. The paradox is real because people come to these tourist destinations to get away from the city, but things are going the other way round. The incessant building is serving the contrary.
Apart from urban settings, infrastructure is also important for the ecotourism industry. In locations such as sunset points, seashore piers, and biking trails, the building is simple; but the ecological part usually is taken for granted. The economic and functional aspects take over and that requires an overhaul.
Leisure for humans is not just about their surroundings but more than that, it is comfort and convenience. Attempts are being made to change the interface between humans and nature, but this can be achieved only with holistic design.
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