Ecotourism in Costa Rica: an economic framework of analysis

Courvisanos, Jerry and Jain, Ameeta 2005, Ecotourism in Costa Rica: an economic framework of analysis, in Fourth National Conference on Tourism Futures : investing for growth, Queensland Government, Tourism Queensland, Tony Charters & Associates, Brisbane, Qld., pp. 1-7.

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Title Ecotourism in Costa Rica: an economic framework of analysis
Author(s) Courvisanos, Jerry
Jain, Ameeta
Conference name National Conference on Tourism Futures. (4th : 2005 : Gold Coast, Queensland)
Conference location Gold Coast, Queensland
Conference dates 2-5 October 2005
Title of proceedings Fourth National Conference on Tourism Futures : investing for growth
Editor(s) Charters, Tony
Publication date 2005
Conference series National Conference on Tourism Futures
Start page 1
End page 7
Publisher Queensland Government, Tourism Queensland, Tony Charters & Associates
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Summary Costa Rica is a small Central American nation that has gained an international reputation as a leader in environmental conservation. This has formed the base for its highly successful and lucrative small-scale ecotourism industry. However, there are threats from high rates of deforestation and expanding large scale tourism that is trading on strong environmental credentials. This paper sets out an ecologically sustainable economic framework to firstly examine the Costa Rican experience, and then analyse lessons for general policy development of any ecotourism industry. The analysis is conducted from a political economy perspective on the trade-offs between small-scale and large-scale tourism.
ISBN 0646456695
9780646456690
Language eng
Field of Research 140216 Tourism Economics
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009680

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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