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    Author(s): Alton Thompson; Evan Mercer; Antoine J.  Alston
    Date: 1999
    Source: In: Eco-tourism in the Blue and John Crow Mountain National Park of Jamaica, West Indies. Research Technical Bulletin Series T-141. Agricultural Research Program. North Carolina A&T State University.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Eco-tourism has become very popular among tourists looking for an alternative to conventional tours, and with many governments and communities searching for a development tool. The growing attraction of this type of tourism is evident in attempts by mass tourism packagers to use the eco-tourism label. In 1989, eco-tourism and the broader category of adventure travel captured almost 10 percent of the tourist market, and were growing at a rate of 30 percent per year (Whelen, 1991). In Belize, for example, where almost all tourism is nature-oriented, tourism receipts increased from $8 million in 1981, to $91 million in 1990 (25 percent of the gross domestic product) (Carter, 1995).

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    Thompson, Alton; Mercer, D. Evan; Alston, Antoine J. 1999. Planning for Ecotourism in Communities Near the B&JCM National Park.  In: Eco-tourism in the Blue and John Crow Mountain National Park of Jamaica, West Indies.  Research Technical Bulletin Series T-141.  Agricultural Research Program.  North Carolina A&T State University.  pp 34-52.

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