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Why community-based tourism?

Perspectives

Rural and indigenous communities face, on a daily basis, problems related to the environmental, economic and socio-cultural spheres
sustainable environment
social cultural traditions

Environmental

Various industries, including tourism, generate negative impacts on the ecosystems where communities live. Given their high dependence on natural resources, this affects their lifestyles and livelihoods.

Economic

Traditional production models such as agriculture, livestock and fishing, require more and more complementary income. In addition, there is a need to increase work opportunities, seeking to improve their quality of life and avoid processes such as migration.

Socio-cultural

Communities are affected by undervaluation, discrimination and ignorance of their cultures and lifestyles.

Why community-based tourism?

To answer this question, we will focus on the 3 perspectives mentioned above:
sustainable environment
social cultural traditions

Enviromental

Tourism promotes the care of natural areas and its impacts can only be managed in a community way, with the collaborative work of all those involved in the industry.

In addition, tourism competes with extractive industries for these spaces. Therefore, if it is managed locally and sustainably, it can contribute directly to the conservation of the territories.

Economic

Community-based tourism generates complementary income and is presented as a new source of local employment, mitigating processes such as youth migration. Furthermore, it represents an inclusive economic model that not only satisfies the need for subsistence, but also other fundamental needs such as protection, participation, identity and freedom, promoting the common good.

Socio-cultural

Many times, travellers marvel at the landscapes and gastronomy. However, they can overlook the greatest wealth of a town: its people, their stories and their wisdom. Rural and indigenous community tourism is a unique opportunity to re-value and makes this diversity known to the world, promoting mutual benefit to travellers and communities.

INTEGRATION

indigenous community based tourism
For the proper development of community tourism, it is essential to integrate these three perspectives and include all market actors, to support the processes of commercialization, network generation and training. These processes help to improve development and conservation standards and policies, raising awareness throughout the industry to work from a community perspective.
Community-based tourism can be a key tool for sustainable local development and we work to welcome and encourage each of these intercultural experiences to contribute to positive change in the communities and travellers who trust us.
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