Community Based Eco Cultural Heritage Tourism for Sustainable Development in the Asian Region: A Conceptual Framework

Community Based Eco Cultural Heritage Tourism for Sustainable Development in the Asian Region: A Conceptual Framework

G. Poyya Moli (Pondicherry University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0882-5.ch210
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Abstract

Tourism has emerged as one of the world’s largest industries and a fast growing economic sector. The Asian region attracts a growing number of quality-conscious tourists as it is endowed with a rich bio-cultural/heritage diversity. However, the diversity and integrity of many Asian tourist destinations have been severely eroded or irreversibly damaged due to ill-conceived, poorly planned, and under-regulated mass tourism and other human activities, increasing the conflicts between conservation and local livelihoods. Fortunately, the newly emerging community-based eco-cultural heritage tourism (CBECHT) can be effectively used in the region for achieving the objectives of sustainable development by integrating pro-poor tourism approaches. Such approaches are strongly promoted and supported by several international organizations as well as Local Agenda 21. This article provides a broad conceptual framework for this approach and evaluates the potentials and constraints for evolving and implementing such strategies in the region with their policy/planning implications.

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