Community-based tourism (CBT) is a form of tourism where the members of local communities have the control over development and management of tourism activities in their communities. This ensures that a fair share of the benefits remain within these communities. CBT is certainly “for-profit,” but its essence is promoting local products and local ownership. CBT businesses may receive coordination and training from a central facilitator or consultant but are never owned by distant investors.
But CBT is not only good for local people. It is also good for you. It provides a fresh, new and interesting travel experience for tourists. CBT gives travelers authentic visits inside homes, villages and heritages while delivering proceeds directly to the families that visitors stay with and buy from. In other words, Community Based Tourism is the opposite of mass tourism. More personal, more unique, more sustainable, more memorable!
Experience local accommodation, food, music, art, crafts and traditions. Help shift the focus from “quantity” to “quality” of experience. Support local inhabitants and sustainable environmental practices and help preserving traditions. Try it and if you enjoy CBT, help the industry by telling others about your experience.