Development of Ecotourism sustainability assessment framework

Smriti Kumari, H.R. Tiwari, Robert Inbakaran

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This paper proposes an assessment of “Ecotourism Sustainability” at an operational level utilizing Principles-Criteria-Indicators-Verifiers, common in forest and tourism sustainability evaluation. Initially criteria were identified based on a literature review. This was followed by a Delphi Study and Participatory Workshops in Sikkim, India. Finally expert opinions were elicited. 4 principles, 8 criteria, 58 indicators and their corresponding 58 verifiers were established and measures of agreement calculated across different prior stages. From these a framework of analysis for assessing sustainability at an operational level in ecotourism was then established
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-124
Number of pages11
JournalTourism Management Perspectives
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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