The Community Tourism Project at Parents Concern is aimed at empowering Local Communities in sustainable development through small-scale tourism and local enterprises, also known as community tourism. The project puts emphasis on utilizing local resources, indigenous knowledge and traditional skills that have been passed down for generations to produce authentic products and experiences.
Through training, local people come to appreciate their culture, way of life and rural environment as valuable assets in tourism development. Our community tourism involves local people in planning, decision-making and implementation of tourism products. This form of tourism assures that the benefits stay as much as possible in the local community.
Community Based Tourism Explained
A community by definition implies individuals with some kind of collective responsibility, and the ability to make decisions by representative bodies.
Community Based Tourism is a form of sustainable tourism that allows visitors to connect closely with the communities they visit. This emerging form of travel gives guests authentic experiences, while allowing revenue generated to remain in the often rural, poor, or economically marginalized community.
The communities run these tourism enterprises that provide services such as village tours, nature walks, cultural performances, and meals on their own initiatives. Community ecotourism is a particular facet of community based tourism, where at least some of the experiences are natural resource-based. Community ecotourism benefits both environmental conservation and local communities, the former generating financing for the management of the natural resource area.
Community tourism not only encourages cross-cultural understanding between host and visitor but also embraces the bottom line of environmental protection, cultural conservation, social responsibility, economic health, and the enhancement of livelihoods. Because communities are the owners of these tourism enterprises, they have the incentive to establish standards for international tourists and invest in a quality tourism product. As such, Community Tourism is promoted as a means of development where the social, economic, and environmental needs of local communities are met through the offering of a tourism product.
Community based tourism is tourism in which local residents (often rural, poor and economically marginalized) invite tourists to visit their communities with the provision of overnight accommodation, feeding and laundry services within accredited host families.
The residents earn income as land managers, entrepreneurs and service providers and employees. At least part of the tourist income is set aside for projects which provide benefits to the community as a whole.
Community based tourism enables the guest to discover local habitats and wildlife, and celebrates traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. The community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will foster community based conservation of Natural resources.
The guests accommodation and facilities are of sufficient standard for Western visitors, albeit those expecting simple rural accommodation.
In this community tourism project Parents Concern partners with the community and other local partners to provide clients, marketing, accommodation or other expertise. Subject to agreement to the ideals of supporting community development and conservation, and to planning the development in partnership with the community; this community tourism has two goals to achieve;