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Guidance for a Quality Nature Tourism Industry


Nature-based tourism businesses should try to work closely with local community leaders and resource managers to plan for nature travel experiences compatible with community and resource management goals. Tourism should CONTRIBUTE POSITIVELY to local communities and resources.

Knowing and interpreting your resources in
clear, interesting and relevant ways add to
the satisfaction of the experience you offer.

Businesses should commit to excellence in nature-based tourism quality. By adopting or reaffirming an environmental stewardship ethic for the business, owners will meet the expectations of their customers. Studies of nature tourists in Texas confirm that these travelers care about the environment and support a number of conservation organizations. Businesses should focus on the importance of conserving both natural and cultural resources and enabling a greater harmony between human activities and nature. Some examples:

*Adapted from guidelines developed by Clemson University in a cooperative project with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Knowing and interpreting your resources in clear, interesting and relevant ways will add to the satisfaction of the experience you offer.


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