ETHICAL/ Reality Tourism – Sustainability in Course

Reality tourism or community based tourism is an important stream popular especially among young travelers. Learn about a special network of villages in Bali offering unique eco-stays or about the successful launch of an Indian volunteer organization.


Community Based Tourism 101

Kevin Eagan

Community based tourism is a concept that is becoming more popular among travelers, particularly between European and U.S. travelers. The concept of sustainable and fair travel involves the idea that the economic benefits of traveling into country are directed towards the local communities and benefiting the most vulnerable segments of the population. But how can the travelers ensure that their dollars are reaching the most vulnerable people when they travel to a developing country? The best ...

Understanding Community Tourism

Anna Luebke

Stimulated by the sight of tourists and growing support from government offices, development agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), communities are developing the infrastructure and services required for tourism. Until recently, international banks and national tourism ministries have promoted development of traditional tourism operations, such as all-inclusive megaresorts that cater to the sol y playa crowd. If locals or communities are involved in the process, it was usually as...

Indonesia: Balinese Village Ecotourism Network

Tourism Review News Desk

Step into the heart of the Balinese village with JED (Jaringan Ekowisata Desa), Bali's only village ecotourism network. The organization offers unique opportunity to experience Bali as only the Balinese know and love it. Local guides, local foods, community designed and managed, all the profits are contributed to community development and conservation activities in the villages. From the lush, earthy aromas of the forest to the rush of garlic and chilli in the kitchen... from floating silently a...

North India: A Success Story of a Village Tourism Project

Theodore Slate

My name is Jeevan Lal Verma, I was born in the village of Sunargaon, which is in the Kanda, Bageshwar District of the Kumoan region in Uttarakhand, North India. My family business was in jewellery making, we had a Goldsmith called Sunar, so our village is called Sunargaon. I studied in Inter college Kanda, ITI Training Almora and National Apprenticeship at Scooters India limited Lucknow; after I had finished my studying and life in the city I decided to do social work within my village. I felt c...