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4.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommended, most detailed overview available
The release of Martha Honey's book investigating ecotourism marks the end of a 10-year era of gestation and growth in the field. Honey, who began research on the book in the early 1990s, does genuine investigative journalism on the many issues haunting the ecotourism field, from its definition to its sustainability, and provides honest assessments. This book offers...
Am 22. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointment and more than a bit dull
When I was awake and reading this book, I thought it a silly misuse of trees and ink. The author produced a book that is actually more dull than the sum of all policy reports in D.C., where she works. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets high marks from those who haven't actually read it. The book offers no recommendations on how to improve ecotourism or guarantee its...
Am 29. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommended, most detailed overview available, 22. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Taschenbuch)
The release of Martha Honey's book investigating ecotourism marks the end of a 10-year era of gestation and growth in the field. Honey, who began research on the book in the early 1990s, does genuine investigative journalism on the many issues haunting the ecotourism field, from its definition to its sustainability, and provides honest assessments. This book offers the most detailed overview of the evolution of the ecotourism field available today. Highly recommended for ecotourism professionals, foundation officers, bank and multilateral investment specialists and others deeply involved in applying ecotourism as a sustainable development tool, this book is an advanced analysis. In the academic world, it will provide invaluable background information for all students performing research on the issues of ecotourism and sustainable development. Ecotourism and Sustainable Development gives context and history, but it does not offer applied solutions. On a philosophical note, Honey states that ecotourism should be "transforming the way modern, conventional tourism is conducted." This is a point of healthy debate within the field, but not a universally accepted goal. Ecotourism's role as a political instrument of change on the international scene is not its strong point, as Honey points out. But should this be the measure by which the ecotourism field is judged? Honey's book offers a wide variety of fascinating points for debate, and provides an excellent baseline of discussion for all those involved in the development of the ecotourism field. However, less sophisticated readers should be warned that Honey's assumptions need to be carefully debated, not simply accepted.
Megan Epler Wood, President, The Ecotourism Society.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best ANAYLTICAL investigation of ecotourism yet published, 5. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Taschenbuch)
From the first chapter which defines ecotourism and clarifies its origins, Honey documents and analyzes both the promises and perils of ecotourism. She discusses in various chapters how 'good intentions' or a single logic often miss very negative repercussions for humans and the ecosystem they inhabit. Because the stakeholders have various goals, profit not the least of them, ecotourism is not a panacea for developing countries who might want to take advantage of their natural resources -- in some cases ecotourism is not much better than mining.
A major advantage of the book are the several cases: Galapagos, Costa Rica, Cuba, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya and South Africa. A long time resident of several of these countries, Honey is not just a 'quick trip' reporter, but a social historian who gives nuances, contradictions, hopes -- and documents problems.
It is a fantastic book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly-recommended investigation of the ecotourism industry, 7. Juli 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Taschenbuch)
Martha Honey's experience as an investigative reporter serves her well in this exploration of ecotourism. She asks probing questions that traditional travel writers would not, and even describes why this type of journalism is so rare in the travel industry. (Because travel writers are usually the guests of the hotels and agencies they are reviewing, and they are afraid to bite the hands that feed them.). The reader learns about the "greenwashing" that some segments of the travel industry use to mislead travelers with the best intentions, for example the Green Globe awards in which companies can "earn" a green globe award just for signing up with the program and paying the $200 fee! But Honey is not completely unconvinced that true ecotourism can exist. In her seven chapters on individual receptor countries, she describes ecotourism projects that were designed by conservationists with conservation rather than personal profit as a motive. This book provides quantitative and qualitative information, and its fluid prose is a pleasure to read. The book is useful for both the lay traveler and those in the travel industry striving to offer responsible ecotourism opportunities.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent choice for anyone interested in ecotourism, 17. Mai 1999
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Highly entertaining, joyfully optimistic and painstakingly researched "Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?" would appeal to both neophytes and those more familiar with the study of ecotourism. The idea echoed throughout the work that one of the world's largest industries is in desperate need of a radical transformation is a very important one and must be recognized by everyone involved in tourism, including the consumer, if the industry is to continue its success into the twenty-first century and, more importantly, contribute to positive social change. The reader should be aware, however, that some of the views expressed in it have not been accepted by all social scientists or ecologists, among them being the idea that protected areas safeguard the environment -- John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto's "Breakfast of Biodiversity: The Truth About Rainforest Destruction" is perhaps the best example of a contrasting perspective regarding protected areas. Nevertheless, Martha Honey's latest is truly impressive and would be an excellent choice for anyone interested in ecotourism.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A clear look at who really benefits from ecotourism., 28. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Taschenbuch)
I rarely find occasion to recommend a book widely among my professional colleagues, friends and fellow travelers to wild places. However, Martha Honey's book is an exception. It is a truly interesting book, with sufficient technical analysis to be of use to the specialist and more than enough facts, history, and local colour to appeal to a broader audience. The book is a very clear headed analysis of ecotourism from an on-the-ground perspective. Honey provides a detailed look at the political economy of environmental and wildlife related ecotourism in a number of countries in Africa and Latin America, and manages to provide a great deal of information while maintaining a clear focus on who benefits from the policies and programs that are often "sold" as being of community benefit.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is an excellent investigation of the tourism indust., 21. Februar 1999
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This is a very complete investigation into the past and current state of the ecotourism industry. This widely travelled author has lived in or visited many eco tourist sites, interviewed many key players and combined all this information with an investigative reporter's sharp insite. She has high standards and calls it as she sees it. In doing so the author challenges all of us who are hopeful that eco tourism will benefit our southern neighbors to be more critical and demanding. A must read for serious travelers and people in the industry.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must-read for practitioners and nature travelers., 22. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Taschenbuch)
Well-written, comprehensive, and fascinating, Ecotourism and Sustainable Development accurately describes the players, ideas, and activities shaping ecotourism globally. With a rich combination of facts and colorful stories, this book greatly contributes to our understsanding of ecotourism and is a must-read for practitioners and nature travelers.
Elizaeth Boo, Ecotourism consultant and author, Ecotourism: Potentials and Pitfalls.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ecotourism the inside perspective, 10. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Taschenbuch)
I found Martha Honey's book to be thought provoking and informative. During the Fall semester of 2000 I plan to incorporate this text into my tourism studies course. The author successfully addresses the truths and myths surrounding the latest buzz in travel "ecotourism" and brings it together with real-world nation studies topics. I strongly recommend this book for anyone wanting to examine this topic to the fullest.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent guide for ecologically concerned travellers., 23. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Taschenbuch)
This book is an extremely well documented account of the ways in which developing countries are proactively engaged in establishing a responsible agenda for tourism which can be beneficial to the host country. I strongly recommend this book for travel agents, individuals concerned with global ecology, and reseachers who wish to learn more about the policies and practices effecting tourism in developing countries.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointment and more than a bit dull, 29. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Taschenbuch)
When I was awake and reading this book, I thought it a silly misuse of trees and ink. The author produced a book that is actually more dull than the sum of all policy reports in D.C., where she works. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets high marks from those who haven't actually read it. The book offers no recommendations on how to improve ecotourism or guarantee its success as a tool for sustainable development.
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