David Urias | David Sr. Edgell
The continued growth of international tourism over the last 50 years and the recent emphasis on sustainability of tourism destinations elevate the relevance of concerted policy analysis with respect to ecotourism type projects. The Condor Lodge Conservatory Project (Lodge) in Apurimac Canyon, Peru (Andean Mountain range-a refuge for the Peruvian Condor), is indicative of the need for careful planning in the early stages of an ecotourism development project in order to increase its future sustainability. The primary objective of this study was to analyze the Lodge’s ecotourism policies, programs, and practices. While the Lodge is still in its developmental stage, it is important to evaluate its policies, programs, and practices and suggest adjustments, if appropriate. The study elicits information that may be helpful in structuring a strategic management plan for the Lodge and may be useful in providing valuable information applicable to similar tourism destinations throughout the world.