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A management model to assist local communities developing community-based tourism ventures: a case study from the Brazilian Amazon

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posted on 20.12.2017, 00:00 authored by C Bittar Rodrigues, Bruce PrideauxBruce Prideaux
A number of authors have endorsed the view that community-based tourism (CBT) can improve the well-being of local communities through the generation of economic and social benefits. This study proposes a management model that may be employed to assist local communities develop ventures of this nature. The findings of a study of a relatively successful CBT venture on Marajó Island in the Brazilian Amazon were used in tandem with a review of the literature to build the model based on an action pathway approach. Semi-structured interviews were employed to identify the sequence of actions that occurred commencing when the CBT venture was first suggested to the present. The results indicate that participation, partnerships, encouragement and acquisition of skills are important elements in developing CBT. The study also found that transfer of ownership from an external actor to the community will only be successful if the community has the required management skills necessary to run the project as a commercial business. The model that emerged from this research has the ability to be widely used to assist communities embarking on CBT ventures.

Funding

Other

History

Start Page

1

End Page

19

Number of Pages

19

eISSN

1747-7638

ISSN

1472-4049

Publisher

Routledge, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

James Cook University

Author Research Institute

Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Ecotourism