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Spring 2012

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China: Language, Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities


Tourism is changing Shangri-La’s physical and economic landscape. Though tourism can provide revenues to support the community, it can also have negative impacts. In the midst of the myriad positives and negatives of Shangri-La’s tourism industry, the area has tremendous environmental and cultural assets, along with capable eco-tourism leaders, that can all be used to affect positive tourism growth. At the root of this growth lies fundamental education and training programs that are essential in establishing sustainable ecotourism. In an area where tourism is booming, integrating ecotourism within the larger picture will prove essential for the proper development of the industry. By exploring the complexities of ecotourism as a broad concept, this study is intended to examine the interface between ecotourism and its dependability upon sustainable education and training programs. Using Shangri-La as a case study, this examination presents several innovative training models that future policymakers are encouraged to consider in the development of ecotourism initiatives, as the industry will inevitably serve as a sustainable development tool in the future.


Place and Environment | Tourism


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