What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘tourism’? Destroyed forests for the sake of gigantic all-inclusive resorts, locals banned from the commons they have been sharing for centuries? Are you afraid of the invasion of tourism developments whenever you discover an untouched village with an abundance of natural riches and full of welcoming locals?

 

You may be right…

 

But do you know that everyday family farms in those remote beautiful villages are going down and farmer families who cannot cope with the global economic systems are leaving their homes? And tourism can be the life rope for the locals to survive?

 

Let’s think about tourism and poverty reduction; tourism and women empowerment; tourism and conservation; tourism and peace… Our aim is to create better places to live and better places to visit; in this order! All of us are actors of tourism… Responsibility belongs to all of us…

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