Ecotour Management

Course CodeBTR101
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment


The environment is becoming a point of interest for many more people worldwide, and as such there is a greater interest in nature based tourism and outdoor adventure activities. The sector is vast but includes roles such as:

  • Mountaineering guide
  • Park ranger
  • Tour guide
  • Lodge manager
  • Destination manager

This could be for an organisation such as:

  • Resorts
  • Hotels
  • Local government agencies
  • National parks

or for your own ecotour business. 

Developing or managing an ecotour enterprise requires you to understand many different areas of business, as well as the specialist knowledge relating to the environment and ecology. If this is your goal, then this course is a great starting point for the information you will need. Enrol with us to learn more!

    Lesson Structure

    There are 9 lessons in this course:

    1. Nature and Scope of Ecotourism -
      • Definition of ecotourism
      • Negative ecotourism
      • Principles of ecotourism
    2. Management Issues -
      • Recreation and the environment
      • recreational impacts on the environment
      • ethical and legal concerns
      • code of practice for ecotourism operators
      • incorporating ecotourism principles into activities
      • interpretation
      • visitor guidelines
      • planning for minimal impact
      • quality control
    3. Industry Destinations -
      • The ecotourism market
      • what do ecotourists want?
      • trends in international tourism
      • understanding the needs of the consumer
      • consumer expectations
    4. The Tour Desk/Office -
      • Office procedures
      • providing information
      • employment prospects in ecotourism
      • bookings
      • business letters
      • telephone manner
    5. Accommodation Facilities -
      • Types of accommodation facilities
      • layout of facilities
    6. Catering Facilities -
      • Introduction to catering
      • accepted practice for service facilities
      • storing and preserving food
    7. Legal Considerations -
      • National Parks
      • land use/planning restrictions
      • code of practice
    8. Safety-
      • The safety strategy
      • hazards
      • first aid
    9. Planning an Ecotourism Activity -
      • A special project where the student plans out an ecotourism activity including:
      • budget
      • accommodation
      • licenses
      • meals
      • destination


    • Describe the scope of ecotourism experiences available.
    • Determine management issues related to ecotourism activities/enterprises, giving due consideration to environmental and ethical concerns.
    • Develop in the learner an awareness of ecotourism destinations in existence and possibilities (in your country).
    • Explain the management and operation of an ecotourism office.
    • Explain the management of ecotourist accommodation facilities including:
      • camp sites
      • cabins
      • caravans
      • resorts
    • Identify catering options for different ecotourism activities.
    • Identify legal and statutory requirements for the establishment and operation of an ecotourism enterprise.
    • Identify/establish safety precautions/requirements/procedures for an ecotourism enterprise.
    • Plan for an ecotourism activity.

    What You Will Do

    • Prepare reviews of six different ecotourism destinations
    • Contact travel agencies and information centres to research the scope of ecotourism activities available in your area
    • Contact a range of ecotourism operators to research their concerns for the environment
    • Determine three examples of ecotourism activities that have had undesirable social or environmental impacts
    • Report on the relevance of indigenous culture to ecotourism in your locality
    • Carry out research into desirable ecotourism destinations
    • Identify potential ecotourism activities in your locality
    • Observe the administrative operations of an existing ecotourism venture
    • Establish administrative procedures for your own hypothetical ecotourism enterprise
    • Inspect an ecotourism accommodation facility
    • Research the statutory/legislative requirements for setting up ecotourism accommodation in your locality
    • Determine suitable layout for an ecotourism accommodation facility
    • Visit at least two suppliers of outdoor/recreation camping and cooking equipment
    • Contact your local health department or similar to find out causes of food poisoning and how it can be prevented
    • Make contact with several local ecotourism associations to research membership requirements
    • Research law and regulations in your state that may affect the operation of an ecotourism enterprise
    • Contact at least two insurance brokers for their recommendations on the type of insurance needed for a proposed ecotourism activity
    • Research safety notification requirements in a natural area
    • Interview someone who has been involved in the planning and/or delivery of an ecotourism activity.

    Considerations of Ecotourism Management

    What do Ecotourists Want?

  • Ecotourists do not want to be rushed; they want to take the time it takes to enjoy and experience the environment.    It may be better to visit fewer places but spend more time at each.
  • They do not want large groups
  • They want to know that the area is looked after
  • They do want to be educated about the environment and the local cultures.
  • They want an authentic experience
  • Ecotourism Planning

    When planning for tourism, always remember:

    • Does tourism give your area what it desires in the long term?
    • What facilities and attractions can your area offer the tourist?
    • What economic and physical capacity does your area have to cater to tourists?

    Ethical Ecotourism

    In a natural environment, the tourist can frequently cause damage; hence numbers need to be controlled if natural environments are not going to deteriorate.

    Ecotourism Accommodation

    There are many different types of ecotour developments, ranging from small scale bed and breakfast operations to large eco-resorts. The following list is indicative of the range of ecotourist facilities:

    • Caravan parks
    • Campsites that are specifically built to suit the ecotourist
    • Guest Houses
    • Back packer lodges
    • Huts and cabins
    • Houseboats
    • Farm-stays
    • Self-catering cottages
    • Eco-Resorts
    • Cruise boats and yachts

    Ecotourism uses the natural environment or culture of a given area as its primary attraction. However the developments may also include additions such as:

    • Toilet facilities
    •  Cooking facilities (e.g., barbeques)
    •  Carparks
    •  Kitchens (communal, communal, self-catering or organised)
    •  Transport services
    •  Signs and maps
    •  Walks and pathways, steps etc.
    •  Guided Tours
    •  Anchorage, jetties, or mooring points.

    This infrastructure is supplied and maintained by the government authority if it is on public land. If it is on private land, it is supplied by the owner.


    There are lots of reasons why you should study this course with us, here are a few:

    • You will increase your knowledge about how to run and manage an ecotour business covering a wide scope of different areas not covered by other courses
    • It will increase your career and job prospects by showing you are interested in learning more about the ecotourism industry
    • At different stages in the course you will have the opportunity to apply your learning to settings of your choice, enabling you to develop an even deeper understanding of a specific area of interest
    • Throughout the course you will be supported by experienced subject specialists who are just waiting to share their knowledge with you
    • Developing your knowledge through study will help you to review your ideas and develop clearer business plans based on theory not assumptions
    • All of our courses are designed to be studied flexibly around other commitments, so you can gain an education whilst also developing your work experience.


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