May 7th, 2012
With the freedom to travel comes a responsibility to the people we visit whether trekking in the world’s mountain ranges or travelling through Asia on a gap year. ‘Community Tourism’ is about tourism that benefits local people. It aims to include and benefit local communities, particularly indigenous peoples and villagers in the rural South (i.e. ‘developing world’). For instance, villagers might host tourists in their village, managing the scheme communally and sharing the profits. There are many types of community tourism project, including many in which the ‘community’ works with a commercial tour operator, but all community tourism projects should give local people a fair share of the benefits/profits and a say in deciding how incoming tourism is managed.