This, therefore, explains why the nation has become one of the most visited in recent years as far as ecotourism is concerned. The older the history of a nation, the higher the probability of the availability of amazing features that favour tourism in general and ecotourism in particular. The North African nation has gained the glory of a better destination for ecotourism with its astonishing attractions, which pull tourists from all over the globe. Research works have defined Egypt as ‘’the oldest travel destination in the world, recording visitors for over 2000 years.’’
Tourism and Ecotourism seem to be gaining grounds in the contemporary society, bring commendable revenues and adds to a country’s Gross Domestic Product, hence, it is of utmost importance to showcase the touristic potentials of a nation. The country of President Abdel Fattah Al Sissi, also head of the African Union is one creditable destination for ecotourism. A recent study has revealed that Egypt has some sixteen (16) Ecotourism destinations worth exploring.
The term Ecotourism defines the form of tourism where interest in focused more on ancient artefacts, endangered sites, wildlife etc., with the aim of conservating and preserving the sites for the future generation. In other words, the International Ecotourism Society as defined Ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people.” Nations that promote ecotourism strive so hard to protect the environment, protect and preserve their cultural heritage, maintain political stability and create conditions that are favourable to both tourists and the host nation, among other things. All these wind down to what is termed ‘’principles of Ecotourism’. ’ However, it has widely been seen that Ecotourists are so attracted to flora, fauna and the people’s culture. Egypt is one perfect destination for ecotourism. This classification is arrived at in accordance with the rules stipulated by UNICEF and UNDP.
Ecotourism sites in Egypt
Egypt alone is incredibly endowed with diverse ecotourism sites that many people don’t know about. The sixteen identified ecotourism sites would greatly impact Egypt’s tourism sector, a boost to its economy. The sixteen ecotourism sites or attractions include; Farafra Oasis, Dakhla Oasis, kharga Oasis, Bahariya Oasis,Siwa Oasis,Dahab,Marsa Alam, Nuweiba, Taba,Ras Mohamed and Nabq in Sharm El Sheikh, Makadi, Safaga, Gouna and Al Qusayr in Hurghada, Nuba in Aswan, Tunis village in Fayoum,Wadi Degla and Sant Samaan monastery in Cairo, Menya and Halayeb and Shalatyn. The country of Abdel Fattah Al Sissi does not only present itself as a better destination for ecotourism, but it is also a good touristic attraction in its entirety. In July 2019, the World Travel and Tourism Council identified Cairo as one of the top cities likely to receive additional tourists in the next decade. This is, therefore, a major challenge to the Egyptian government to step up rehabilitation of touristic sites, development projects and infrastructure development, factors that all have a positive impact on tourism demand.
Ecotourism related activities
The various activities related to ecotourism include; Hiking, snorkeling or swimming, headlong or diving, Field trip (Safari), animals and birds watching, camping, cinematography, reflection and stargazing or star watching. These diverse exercises make Ecotourism an overwhelming venture and an amazing exercise, where tourist enjoy the beauty of nature.
Article from AFRIC Editorial
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