Nature-based tourism (NBT) is travel into natural environments
that advances conservation and sustainable development efforts of both the ecosystem
and existing culture, and allows people to connect with that natural environment
(passively and/or actively).
NBT includes high impact activities (involving motorized vehicles, hunting, fishing,
visiting agriculture farms), medium impact activities (catch/release fishing,
mountain biking, non-motor boating that may introduce pollutants to water), and
low/no impact activities (truly leave no trace, no motorized vehicles, no introduction
Ceballos Lascurain (1996) defines NBT as: a form of tourism that relies on the
natural environment for the basis of its experiences and can include almost any
form of outdoor activity that involves a natural element.
The above definition was approved by the
Board and Members of the SCNBTA - October 2010.
SCNBTA exists to educate and promote its members and
the nature-based tourism experience. We create opportunities
for networking and professional development that help
our members learn to build, manage, and market nature-based
businesses and tourism. We endorse conservation of natural
and cultural resources that make the nature-based tourism
SCNBTA fulfills its mission…
The SCNBTA brings together local nature-based
tourism business owners with resource managers and community
leaders. In addition, the association provides continuing
professional education and encourages the exchange of
information among its members, particularly as it relates
to the conservation of natural and cultural resources
for long-term economic benefit. The SCNBTA plays an important
role in that it provides the industry with a single voice
to educate public and private decision-makers about the
need to balance economic development with resource conservation
and other issues of interest to SCNBTA members. This
website will inform both our membership and the public
about relevant issues, while promoting nature-based tourism
throughout South Carolina.
The SCNBTA welcomes
your participation if
you or your business are directly or indirectly linked
to nature-based tourism. Your experience and knowledge
are valuable assets to our organization. We encourage
you to join!