ECOTOURISM CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS: STANDARDS AND BENEFITS
Baltic Journal of Economic Studies
The problem of researching the ecotourism certification processes in the world is very up-to-date nowadays. The relevance of the research is stipulated by current state of environ-mental pollutants, the development of sustainable politics implementation and the fact that now people aware of real danger of environmental catastrophe that threatens the survival of civilization. That's why the purpose of the article is conducting a complex analysis of foreign ecotourism certi-fication programs.
... ation programs. Moreover, it is necessary to study the evolution of ecotourism development to understand the key issues of this problem. The object of this article is the analysis of ecotourism certification worldwide. The subject of the article is the detection of theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of implementation of effective ecotourism certification programs in Ukraine. To clarify all aspects of studying this issue it is necessary to use such theoretical and methodological basis as: modern theories of the genesis and evolution of ecological tourism, logical and analogy analysis, historical method, hypothetical method, classification and graphical method. Using such methods it was found that the development of ecotourism formation has taking three evolutionary steps, which affected the creation of its definition. This fact reveals the classification of different types of sustainable tourism and provides an impetus of ecotourism certification studies. Moreover, it was identified that there is a logical regularity in ecotourism certification programs all over the world. As the result, it was found that practically all the ecotourism certification processes are functioning successfully nowadays. By the way, it can be observed the rapid increase in the amount of ecocertified companies. Moreover, the programs which were analyzed in this article were divided into several steps (depends on the ecotourism certification program) following which a company can successfully passed the assessment process. Unfortunately, there is no such certification processes in Ukraine. That's why the issue of developing ecotourism services certification in Ukraine is urgent nowadays. Practical implications. However, analysis of the experience of foreign countries can be the basis for the development of ecotourism services certification in Ukraine. Value/originality. Modeling processes of ecotourism certification of different programs will help to emphasize the details of assessing ecotourism potential in Ukraine.