Prospects and Challenges of Community-Based Tourism and Changing Demographics
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Prospects and Challenges of Community-Based Tourism and Changing Demographics

Ishmael Mensah (University of Cape Coast, Ghana) and Ewoenam Afenyo-Agbe (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7335-8
ISBN13: 9781799873358|ISBN10: 1799873358|EISBN13: 9781799873372|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799873365


The negative impacts associated with conventional tourism has caused more sustainable forms of tourism including community-based tourism (CBT). CBT takes into account social, environmental, and cultural sustainability and is community-focused by allowing visitors to learn about the local ways of life which in return raises awareness. There has been a proliferation of CBT projects over the years, perhaps due to the successes chalked by similar projects around the world. Among the benefits of these projects are the improvement of rural economies, empowerment of the local community and poverty alleviation. As much as CBT has been promoted as being more beneficial to local communities, its implementation is not without challenges. This book examines the different dimensions of CBT globally including the African community concept, community participation in tourism development, CBT resources and attractions, management and impacts of CBT and changing the tourist demographics targeted by specific destinations/regions. The first part of the book seeks to highlight the theories, concepts, principles, and practices associated with CBT. The second part will provide destination case studies from different parts of the world with the view to showcasing some of the best practices, failures and opportunities which will serve as valuable lessons for tourism practitioners and academics.

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