Definition: Tourism and environment
Environment is defined as the quality of life, living conditions of human beings and the natural environment with suitable habitats for animals and plants.
The environment is a factor influencing tourism demand. Since demand for tourism products is partly determined by the quality of the related environment, the environment can have a positive or negative influence on tourism. Likewise tourism can have a positive or negative impact on the environment.
Eurostat and Directorate-General XXIII of the European Commission, "Community methodology on tourism statistics", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1998, p. 49