The U.S. is a leader in eco-tourism, with more than two million ecotouring trips in 2016, according to data compiled by the nonprofit group Eco-Tours Australia.
But the country is not the only destination for ecotors.
Australia, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom are among the other nations that offer eco-traps as a way to diversify the economy, according, according the Eco-Tourism Information Center.
Australia is among the countries where tourists can choose to tour nature parks, with the largest in the country.
The Netherlands, which offers the largest number of ecotoring trips per capita in the world, offers a variety of eco-visits including mountain biking, surfing, sailing, snowboarding and canoeing.
“It is a great way to get a taste of nature in a fun and accessible way,” said Anna P. Nederland, a tourism specialist for the Dutch Ministry of Tourism.
Australia is also one of the top destinations for ecottours in the Middle East, with an estimated 6,400 trips made there in 2016.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about nature, learn about our unique cultural heritage and also have some great adventures with our friends and family,” said Rhett Smith, who is based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and works as an ecotoreport manager at Tourism Australia.
The Middle East also offers some of the most scenic spots in the region, with a number of places in which to explore.
For example, Morocco is home to more than 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Mosque of Banteay-Chapecoay.
In addition to the pyramids, the country also boasts the largest natural park in the Arab world, the Blue Lagoon, which includes a number in the desert and on mountainsides.
“A trip to Morocco can be a real adventure, and a really fun and exciting experience for everyone,” said John B. Smith, a national parks program manager for the United States.
“You have so much to see and see so much more than just the pyramidal pyramids.
You have this really beautiful environment to explore.”
The Netherlands and the Netherlands-Belgium have the second-highest number of ecotourist trips in the U.K. and the third-highest in the European Union.
“In the U, we are really seeing a lot of the potential of eco tourism, but the big story is in the United Kingdoms and Belgium,” said Pilar Bonsalvo, who works as a travel manager for Eco Tours Belgium.
“The U.k. is one of Europe’s most ecologically diverse countries and we have really embraced eco tourism in the last decade.
In fact, there are about 60 eco-passports in the whole country.”
Australia is among countries where the number of tourists visiting nature parks and other natural areas is increasing.
In 2016, there were about 3,200 eco-fairs in Australia, up from 2,500 in 2015, according data compiled from the National Geographic Eco-Passports database.
The number of visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest marine reserve in the Western Hemisphere, jumped from 6,000 in 2016 to 15,000 last year.
“People are starting to see nature as a beautiful and uplifting place to visit,” said Nader Ahmed, a research scientist for the Great Art Gallery of Victoria.
“There is a lot to see in the environment, and so people are starting that love of nature.”
In the Netherlands and Belgium, eco-cities are becoming more popular, especially as the number and size of visitors increase, said Ahmed.
“We see that the number [of eco-resorts] in Europe has gone up in recent years,” he said.
“With so many people now visiting eco-factories in Australia and other countries, we see that there is a big demand.”
Tourism is also expanding in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for roughly three-quarters of the world’s annual ecotOURISM visits.
Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan account for more than half of the global eco-travelers.
“Asia is a place where we can really draw a connection with nature and to the natural world, especially the biodiversity,” said M. A. T. Thaler, who oversees the program at the UBS Global Environment Institute.
“And that connection can be incredibly important in terms of tourism, as well.”
For travelers who prefer to avoid visiting areas that have been heavily affected by natural disasters, such as Japan, Korea and Australia, ecofairs can also be a viable way to experience nature, according T. B. Kallenberger, director of the Global Tourism Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.