Volume 1 Issue 1 June 2003: Applied Research Note 2

Community participation in sustainable tourism – A case study of two indigenous communities

by Po-Hsin Lai (Department of Park, Recreation, and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University)

Community participation has been widely advocated as a critical element for sustainable tourism development. This article is based on a study conducted at two indigenous communities in the east of Taiwan. The findings provide an example of understanding the priority concerns of communities and their perceptions toward developing small-scale tourism at the communities and a nearby nature reserve. Mechanisms to facilitate local participation are suggested.

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