Could Ecotourism Replace the Palm Oil Industry in Malaysia? a Comparative Analysis of Sustainability

Could Ecotourism Replace the Palm Oil Industry in Malaysia? a Comparative Analysis of Sustainability

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2014 in the subject Tourism, grade: -, language: English, abstract: In this thesis it is examined if ecotourism is a viable source of income in Malaysia. Furthermore, the issue arises if this kind of tourism has the potential to be an alternative to the oil palm production in the country. The question is, if ecotourism can protect the environment and also fulfill the principles of sustainability by connecting ecological and social with economic goals. To examine this case, the current situation of the palm oil production has to be investigated. Afterwards the state of ecotourism in Malaysia will be determined. The results will lead to a comparison of palm oil production versus ecotourism and the benefits of each sector to Malaysia’s ecological, social and economic situation.

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