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An empowerment approach of Indigenous ecotourism in a Mayan community in Mexico

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posted on 28.11.2018, 00:00 by A Mendoza-Ramos, Bruce PrideauxBruce Prideaux
Indigenous ecotourism in the Mayan rainforest is virtually unknown in the literature. As a result of the course of tourism in the region, this study assessed the level of empowerment in Coba, a Mayan village surrounding a major archaeological site and tourism attraction in Mexico. An empowerment framework was used to assess whether or not tourism develops in terms that ultimately benefit this community. Empowerment indicators identified from the literature were tested based on interviews conducted with indigenous ecotourism stakeholders in Mexico. Results indicate that local participation in tourism has stood out through a direct involvement in tourism, bringing economic profits and negotiation skills which have significantly empowered this Mayan village. NGOs have not participated in the local tourism development but tour operators and travel agencies have boosted local involvement in tourism and a few government programs have financially assisted the community to promote tourism.

History

Editor

Lade C; Melsen L

Start Page

425

End Page

436

Number of Pages

12

Start Date

06/02/2012

Finish Date

09/02/2012

ISBN-13

9780987050717

Location

Melbourne

Publisher

La Trobe University

Place of Publication

Melbourne, Vic., Australia

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

External Author Affiliations

James Cook University

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

CAUTHE 2012: The new golden age of tourism and hospitality

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