Ecotourism, Environment and Culture, Education, Local Community, Sustainability
Loukas, Dr. Moustakas
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The aim of this research is to assess and present an extended definition of the concept of ecotourism and how this sustainable and alternative kind of tourism can be developed on the small island of Leros. The conclusions, based on opinions and beliefs of the tourists suggest appropriate measures which will help improve infrastructure, the proper promotion of the area and advancement of soft tourism, with the goal not only being the protection of biodiversity action but also environmental protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage which improves the lives of the local community. Ecotourism is not nature tourism or adventure tourism, but a unique form of tourism that has become very popular, increasing the knowledge of the fragility of the environment, encouraging better informed authorities and visitors.
Recognition that there is a close relationship between good ecology and good economy is key. Ecotourism must be sustainable and four central groups of sectors have to co-operate; the local community, the authorities, visitors and the companies involved with tourism. However, instead of the main environment of the island and the social characteristics of the community, an effort has been made to find out to what extent the educational level can help in this endeavor; how Educational planning can leverage sustainable growth and shape attitudes. The main research questions the attitudes of visitors, on the island of Leros, their thoughts on sustainable tourism development is gathered. For the collection of data, valid and reliable tools have been developed