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ECOTOURISM AND ITS IMPACT ON THE REGIONAL ECONOMY – A STUDY OF NORTH BENGAL (INDIA)

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Author(s): Madhusudan Karmakar

Journal: Tourismos : an International Multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism
ISSN 1790-8418

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 251;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: present status | resource bases | regional impact | problems | management strategies

ABSTRACT
Ecotourism, the nature based travel with emphasis on education, management, development of sustainable tourism product and activity and wellbeing of the local people is not simply a marginal activity to finance protection of the environment but it has proved to be an engine of growth in many economies of the world. Eco tourism has been recognized as the backbone of economies of many countries. North Bengal being the northern territory of West Bengal of India is fortunate for its rich ecotourism destinations. The present paper will explore the ecotourism landscape of this tract of India. It will also reflect an overview of its impact on the regional economy with six case studies. The paper will be concluded with some problems and management strategies of ecotourism activity of the area.
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