Why indigenous peoples’ land rights are fundamental for a successful tourism practice.

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The article was written by Cecilia Manduca, a recent MA in Tourism, Environment and Development graduate from King’s College London. The relevance of Indigenous Peoples’ land rights is paramount also under the tourism point of view. This article is going to show how successful tourism for indigenous people is highly dependent on the recognition of […]

Indigenous People and Tourism – report launch and film

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We will be launching our new briefing on Indigenous People and  tourism on Tuesday 24th January at a reception hosted by Steve Reed MP in Committee Room 6, at the House of Commons. The relationship between tourists and indigenous people is complex and frequently disappointing for both, with exploitation, dubious and perhaps invented ‘traditions’ that can […]

Indigenous people and tourism – report launch

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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 […]

Indigenous People and Tourism – Film and discussion

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Indigenous peoples are self-defined groups of ethnically and culturally distinct peoples, whose language, traditions and social institutions have largely withstood the impacts of colonisation or other incoming groups and cultures to a region. Whilst indigenous tourism can be very positive, a form of revitalisation for their cultures and a force of empowerment for the people. Other instances see […]

‘We don’t need it to be kept secret, we just need it to be sacred’

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Helen Jennings, Tourism Concern writer, comments on how tourism impacts on spiritual practices: ‘We don’t need it to be kept secret, we just need it to be sacred’. This remark by a First Nation’s guest at a heritage site in Canada captures a key point in the debate about the search for a ‘spiritual experience’ […]

Look beyond the lights….

Helen Jennings, Tourism Concern writer, reflects on Indigenous Tourism in Scandinavia: In thinking about holidays in Scandinavia, perhaps most people think about the Northern Lights. An enormous quantity of literature, advertisements and film encourage us to think this way. While the lights are certainly worth seeing – for those lucky enough to do so, for […]

Indigenous peoples and cultural tourism

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Helen Jennings, Tourism Concern writer, draws observations from a Canadian case study: One arena in which indigenous peoples are being encouraged to become more active in their communities is with regard to ‘cultural tourism’. Heritage sites are springing up across the world, catering for the interests of local and foreign visitors keen to hear stories of […]

Indigenous people and tourism

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Indigenous peoples frequently suffer greatly due to tourism. Indigenous peoples are self-defined groups of ethnically and culturally distinct peoples, whose language, traditions and social institutions have largely withstood the impacts of colonisation or other incoming groups and cultures to a region. They typically have an intrinsic, spiritual link to their lands. However, in many countries, […]

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