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Sustainability 2012, 4(1), 123-140; doi:10.3390/su4010123
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Ecotourism versus Mass Tourism. A Comparison of Environmental Impacts Based on Ecological Footprint Analysis

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Received: 11 October 2011 / Revised: 12 December 2011 / Accepted: 14 December 2011 / Published: 10 January 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Tourism: Issues, Debates and Challenges)
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Abstract

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.
Keywords: ecological footprint; sustainable tourism; environmental impacts; global scale; Tunisia; Seychelles ecological footprint; sustainable tourism; environmental impacts; global scale; Tunisia; Seychelles
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Marzouki, M.; Froger, G.; Ballet, J. Ecotourism versus Mass Tourism. A Comparison of Environmental Impacts Based on Ecological Footprint Analysis. Sustainability 2012, 4, 123-140.

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