Indigenous people and tourism – report launch

Launch is planned for January 26th January 2017*

Human zoos, exploitation and dubious ‘traditions’ that actually inhibit real cultural exchange – the relationship between tourists and indigenous people is complex and frequently disappointing for both, with often only tour operators benefiting.

However tourism can bring in much-needed revenue to indigenous communities – who are often socially, politically and economically marginalised from mainstream society – indigenous tourism can also be very positive, a form of revitalisation for their culture and a force of empowerment for the people.

Unfortunately, there are many instances where villages become mere showcases for tourists, and elements of their culture reduced to commodities, offering little engagement and few benefits to the community. This can lead to feelings of frustration and resentment amongst local people towards tourists, undermining the positive experience that should come with equitable cultural exchange.

Tourism Concern has worked to raise awareness of these issues with tourists and tour operators for a number of years. However, for anyone who watched the film, Framing the Other on the Mursi in Ethiopia or has been following the plight of the Kayan women in northern Thailand it is clear that if the interaction between tourists and indigenous people is to be positive, then a strong code of conduct for tour operators engaging with indigenous people is needed.

We will be launching our new Briefing in January.

*Venue and date may change – will be confirmed in the New Year

If you are interested in attending please register below:

    Members free. Non-Members £10. Once date and venue are confirmed registration will be open.

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