Community-based tourism can be used to describe holidays that benefit both the traveler and the destination. Other terms are responsible or positive tourism, and is all about stepping lightly on peoples homes and cultures and to have a positive interaction between guests and host countries.
Travelers today seek more authentic experiences in the heritage and culture of a country. They are also more responsible and concerned about the conservation of the natural environment, and they want to contribute to the improvement of people’s lives in the communities they visit.
Community-based tourism is tourism in which local residents (often rural, poor and economically marginalised) invite tourists to visit their communities. The residents can earn income as land managers, entrepreneurs, service and produce providers, and employees.
A part of the tourist income is always set aside for projects that provide benefits to the community as a whole, such as health and education.
Benefits of Community Tourism are:
- It gives tourism a fact.
- It improves visitor and community experiences.
- It offers jobs to people who are often left out of the market economy.
- It supports the local economy, which strengthens the survival of local services.
- And it gives community pride.
However, there are a few disadvantages (not always):
- No room service.
- No buffet breakfast.
- No portiere.
- Often hard to get phone signal.
- No one to carry your luggage.
Essentially, community-based tourism seek to minimize negative impacts of tourism and maximize benefits to hosts.
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