I hope we don’t abuse the concept and the word itself, whether hyphenated or not.
I’ve been involved in eco-tourism, stayed at an eco-lodge, even walked on an eco-trail. Yes, they have a connection to ecology, but do they do less harm to the environment than similar activities?
I’m afraid eco-anything is just a pat on the back. So often, we are saying nothing more than “I like the outdoors, I’m an eco-friendly bloke”. Take a look at the following definition from a United Nations document and see if you think you operate an eco-tourism establishment:
Ecotourism is environmentally responsible travel and visitation to relatively undisturbed natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and any accompanying cultural features – both past and present) that promotes conservation, has low negative visual impact, and provides for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local populations.
If you are interested in more on the topic, look at the May 2008 issue of Africa Geographic magazine.