The long-term economic sustainability of Seychelles’ tourism industry is closely linked to the continued health of the natural eco-systems upon which it depends. VISION 21 therefore places great importance on promoting tourism development that takes account of the need to protect and conserve the natural environment. One aspect of this approach is to promote eco-tourism, a nature-based form of specialty travel defined by the International Ecotourism Society as “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well being of local people”. Eco-tourism also encompasses a respect for local and traditional cultures.

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