Agritourism and Geotourism: Responsible Tourism

Agritourism lodge
Belcampo Lodge w/ Farm, Belize

For travelers interested in rural and farm life, Agritourism provides the opportunity to stay on a ranch or farm and learn about the operation. Travelers can get their hands dirty by partaking in the day-to-day activities.

“Agriculture” and “tourism” are molded into Agritourism. As more and more travelers look for ways to re-connect with nature and learn about where their food comes from, Agritourism is growing in popularity across the globe.

At L’ EcoResorts, we encourage travelers to stay at properties that run “organic” or “sustainable” operations. We offer a number of eco lodges that only uses natural and toxins-free fertilizers and biodegradable products. In the event that animals are being utilized as food, the process that goes into rearing, cultivating, and butchering are done humanely and wastes from animal products are kept at a minimum. Any dead plants and animals and left-overs are converted into renewable energy (biomass energy).

Poggio di Luna agriturismo, Gargano, Italy
Poggio di Luna Agriturismo, Gargano, Italy {Organic produce}

Similar to Agritourism

WWOOF is an organization that connect volunteers, who want to live and learn on organic farms, with people who are looking for volunteer help in 100+ countries. Meals and accommodations are provided by WWOOF’s hosts, and volunteers get to learn about organic lifestyles. No Salary is provided. Although similar, Agritourism and the WWOOF volunteer program are different. While volunteering, travelers are not tourists and duties should be taken seriously like any other job. With Agritourism, travelers pay to stay at the properties, this is a lot like booking a vacation house. They then choose to get involve with aspects of the farm, ranch, and/or village activities. Things to do may include tending to animals and gardens, cooking and cleaning, craft & making items, interacting with the local peoples and learning how they live.

National Geographic on Geotourism

“Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

Geotourism incorporates the concept of sustainable tourism—that destinations should remain unspoiled for future generations—while allowing for ways to protect a place’s character. Geotourism also takes a principle from its ecotourism cousin,—that tourism revenue should promote conservation—and extends it to culture and history as well, that is, all distinctive assets of a place.

The Geotourism Charter: Governments and allied organizations that sign this statement of principles take a first step in adopting a geotourism strategy. Download the Geotourism Charter (PDF). After committing to a geotourism strategy, signatories then work with local communities to determine their geotourism goals.”

 

Agritourism, Geotourism, and Ecotourism accumulated to Responsible Tourism (or Sustainable Tourism).

 

 

Article by: P.T. Walker



| January 2, 2016