The "Community Tourism Guide" will lead you to a new type of holiday. Tribal people and rural villagers in Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America and the Pacific islands are setting up their own tours: tours from which they, and not the international hotel chains, derive some income. For the traveller, they offer uniquely exciting opportunities, far from the usual tourist ghettos, and they are based on fair trade, benefiting local communities and giving them hope of a better future. Written by Mark Mann for Tourism Concern, Europe's leading ethical tourism organization, the Guide brings together the pick of these holidays. It describes hundreds of different holidays in many of the most beautiful places around the world, with full contact details and a range of further useful information. Chosen by Tourism Concern, and not available through conventional travel agents, they promise uniquely rewarding experiences to the adventurous and those concerned about the impacts of their visits.
Many people believe that "staying away won't stop anyone else from going so you might as well go any way." The Community Tourism Guide claims otherwise, providing a diverse global directory of tours/projects/agents who benefit local communities and don't degrade the environment. They are small organisations, many run by indigenous people themselves. You could ride horses in Mongolia, bird-watch in Namibia, camp with Bedouins, learn a language or volunteer. Instead of fake, out-of-context "cultural shows" or 20-minute coach stops to buy tribal handicrafts, you get to experience "living" culture. The benefit to the traveller is not only a guilt-free conscience, but a richer experience. Sarah Champion
Recommended reading in The Traveller. Independent Newspaper, 7th April 2001
Full of contact details and useful information. Methodist Recorder (circ 2:23, 785)
This book was very easy to read and has got me thinking seriously about the impact I have when on holiday. Going Green, No. 38
1. Contexts: Tourism and the Developing World 2. Being There 3. Directory 4. Responsible Tourism Resources