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Ecotourism versus Mass Tourism. A Comparison of Environmental Impacts Based on Ecological Footprint Analysis

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  • Mehdi Marzouki


    (Local government (Yvelines department), 2 place Pierre Bonnard, Guyancourt 78280, France)

  • Géraldine Froger


    (CEMOTEV-UVSQ (EA 4457), 47 boulevard Vauban, Guyancourt 78280, France)

  • Jérôme Ballet


    (CEMOTEV-UVSQ (EA 4457), 47 boulevard Vauban, Guyancourt 78280, France)

Academic and policy interest in ecological footprint analysis has grown rapidly in recent years. To date, however, the application of ecological footprint analysis to tourism has been limited. This article aims to discuss the potential of ecological footprint analysis to assess sustainability in tourism. It is about a comparison of the global environmental impacts of different forms of tourism in southern countries where tourism is a major source of foreign exchange earnings. It illustrates how an ecotourism destination has a larger ecological footprint than a “mass” tourism destination.

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Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

Volume (Year): 4 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-18

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Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:4:y:2012:i:1:p:123-140:d:15610
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