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Ecolodges: Exploring Opportunities for Sustainable Business (February 2005)

Ecolodges: Exploring Opportunities for Sustainable Business (February 2005)

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Published by IFC Sustainability
This publication summarizes the results of research on the triple bottom line from two studies, emphasizing environmental, social and economic sustainability in the ecolodge sector. Key factors are highlighted regarding what makes an ecolodge environmentally, socially and financially successful.
This publication summarizes the results of research on the triple bottom line from two studies, emphasizing environmental, social and economic sustainability in the ecolodge sector. Key factors are highlighted regarding what makes an ecolodge environmentally, socially and financially successful.

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Published by: IFC Sustainability on Jun 24, 2009
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02/01/2013

 
ECOLODGES:
EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES
 
FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
 
ECOLODGES:
EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES
 
FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
PHOTOGRAPHY 
:
Glenn Jampo
l
 
PG. 8
Hitesh Mehta
 
PG. 2,4,6,7,13,14,29
COVER PHOTOS
(from top to bottom)
:
Chumbe Ecolodge Arial View
 
Hitesh Mehta
Il Nqwesi: Local tribal ceremony
 
Hitesh Mehta
Chumbe Ecolodge: Front view
 
Hitesh Mehta
Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn
 
Glen Tampol
Amazonat Jungle Lodge
 
Hitesh Mehta
INSIDE COVER PHOTOS:
Amazonat Jungle Lodge
Hitesh Mehta
 
Copyright © 2004International Finance Corporation2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC, 20433USA
The International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, fosters economic growth in the developing world by private sector investments,mobilizing capital in the international financial markets, and providing technical assistance and advice to businesses and governments. It is the world’s larg-est multila�The findings, interpretatio�World Bank, to its affiliated or�of the publication. IFC and the World Bank do not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this publication and accept no responsibility whatsoever forany consequence of their use.Some sources cited in this publication may be informal documents that are not readily available.Additional copies of this publication can be downloaded from ifc.org/ebfp.The material in this publication is copyrighted. Requests for permission to reproduce portions of it should be sent to the Copyright Clearance Center,Inc., Suite 910, Rosewood Drive, Danvers, Mass., 09123, USA. Telephone: 978-750-8400; Fax: 978-750-0569; Web address: www.publishers@copyright.com.
 
 
FOREWORD
 
1
.
 
INTRODUCTION
 
2
.
 
BACKGROUND: THE ECOLODGE MARKETPLACE
 
WHO ARE ECOTOURISTS?
 
WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR?
 Activity preferences
 
 Accommodation preferences
 
WHERE ARE ECOLODGES LOCATED?WHAT INFLUENCES ECOTOURISM AND ECOLODGE DEMAND?
Global trendsEcolodge-specific demand 
 
3
.
 
ECOTOURISM POLICY
4
.
 
THE BUSINESS CASE: HOW CAN ECOLODGES BEFINANCIALLY VIABLE?
 
WHAT IS THE BASIC ECOLODGE BUSINESS AND FINANCE MODEL?
Ownership, debt, and financing Profitability
 
WHAT MAKES AN ECOLODGE PROFITABLE?
Other factors that might contribute to profitability
 
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL BARRIERS TO FINANCING FOR ECOLODGES? WHAT ARE THE GREATEST HURDLES TO PROFITABILITY FOR ECOLODGES?WHAT KIND OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE DO ECOLODGES NEED TOBE PROFITABLE?
 
5
.
 
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL POSITIVE AND NEGATIVEIMPACTS OF ECOLODGES?
 
POTENTIAL POSITIVE IMPACTS
Environmental benefitsCommunity benefits
 
POTENTIAL NEGATIVE IMPACTS
6
.
CONCLUSION: THE FUTURE OF THE ECOLODGE MARKET
KEY BASELINE INDICATORS FOR BIODIVERSITY IMPACT: A MONITORING ANDEVALUATION FRAMEWORK FOR ECOLODGESTABLE A.1: LODGE LISTINGS BY COUNTRYCASE STUDIESCONTACT LIST 
APPENDIX A:APPENDIX B:APPENDIX C:APPENDIX D:
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