Rural and indigenous communities face, on a daily basis, problems related to the environmental, economic and socio-cultural spheres
Why community-based tourism?
To answer this question, we will focus on the 3 perspectives mentioned above:
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.
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.
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.