Volume 2 Issue 2 April 2004 Applied Research Note 1

Linking Tourism and Community Development: Lessons from Rural Costa Rica

by Edward L. Jackiewicz (Department of Geography, California State University, Northridge)

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the linkages between tourism and community development can be sustainable if managed properly and integrated into existing community practices rather than replacing them with tourism. The research is informed mostly by the work on building strong local communities by Max-Neef and Schumacher. The site of this research is Quebrada Grande, Costa Rica, a small rural farming village that has recently invited small-scale volunteer tourists into their community to help with miscellaneous projects. The author led a group to this area, which was the first of its kind to visit and work with the community for an extended period. This paper is based on observations during that visit.

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