The United Nations declared the year 2002 as the International Year of Ecotourism, and subsequent years have proved to be good for the tour industry in BC.
The declaration stated, " Bearing in mind the need for international cooperation in promoting tourism within the framework of sustainable development so as to meet the needs of present tourists and host countries and regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future, managing resources to fulfill economic, social and aesthetic needs, and maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life-support systems.
Recognizing the support of the World Tourism Organization located in Madrid, Spain, for the importance of ecotourism, and particularly of the designation of the year 2002 as the International Year of Ecotourism, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of world peace."
What has this meant
for the the Sooke Region?
Bed & Breakfast operators have seen a remarkable increase in bookings, and local tour operators and guides are taking record numbers of tourists to our area. EcoIsland.Ca is a dedicated site for local information
Photo File of the Sooke district
BC Provincial Government states that "The Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture stimulates investment and creates a favorable economic climate to help provide jobs for British Columbians. The ministry focuses its activities in the areas of small business, tourism, film, culture, heritage, archaeology, sport and recreation."
Ecotourism in the Vancouver
Tourism in BC:
The BC Tourism Industry Conference was held in Vancouver, February 21-23, 2001. "2001 The Future is Now: Operating in a Changing Environment" was the title of this conference, aimed at bringing together tourism and business leaders from around the province and the world to ensure you are well prepared to operate in the changing environment of the new millennium. Contact: Christine Stoneman, 3rd Floor, 888 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1H8, CANADA Fax: 250-383-4142
Ecotourism Guidelines for Tour Operators
If you would like to know about the ecotourism initiative in your area, please request more information.