Eco Tourism which gets the local community involved to promote nature and conserve it, is a relatively new concept in Sri Lanka. Eco Tourism which gets the local community involved to promote nature and conserve it, is a relatively new concept in Sri Lanka. Bird watchers are a big part of eco tourists who visit the country.
The lack of specialist hotels and trained guides is however a challenge for the emerging industry. Only a few hotels have the expertise.
Allan Worthington from Europe is not in Sri Lanka to simply sun bathe.
He is here to explore and learn about the environment, which makes him an eco-tourist.
He also has an interest in ornithology.
There is more to the concept of eco tourism than simply being environmentally friendly.
Eco tourism focuses on participation of the local community and conservation, which is what, differentiates it from mass tourism.
Like shareholders of a company have obligations eco-tourists also become a stakeholder of the environment.
Eco tourists, unlike other travelers, look for an educational experience and not for comfortable hotels.