Tourism in Indigenous Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

Guest Editors: Bernardo Peredo Videa, University of Oxford and Thomas Thornton, University of Oxford

The terms Indigenous ecotourism, community-based tourism, and Aboriginal tourism have emerged since the mid-1990s to describe community-based tourism projects developed on Indigenous lands and in Indigenous territories in both the developing and developed world. The emergence of tourism industries in Indigenous communities has brought hopes of integrating community development with environmental conservation. However, there are also concerns that tourism on Indigenous lands may contaminate the cultural identity of the local people, commodify culture, introduce new forms of imperialism that will overpower traditional institutions, distribute benefits unequally, and fail to adequately preserve the environment and traditional ways of life. While those who promote ecotourism suggest that there is much support for community-based tourism ventures, it is difficult to find successful cases in practice and community-based management models. Research on community-based tourism operations tends to focus on the day-to-day operations at one point in time rather than the full life cycle and may overlook important governance structures. Scale then is an important subject in understanding community-based tourism because it raises issues as to what scale of analysis should be examined and how findings at one scale can be related to another.

The aim of this special edition is to identify best practices, lessons learned, challenges, and opportunities for Indigenous tourism around the world.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies of Indigenous tourism projects;
  • Regional or international comparisons of Indigenous tourism;
  • Origins, development, market and economic analysis;
  • Social perceptions of economic, social, cultural and/or environmental impacts;
  • Contributions to social entrepreneurship, environmental management, biodiversity conservation and/or economic development;
  • All articles will include a focus on policy implications or lessons learned.

    Submission deadline: April 17, 2015

    Manuscript preparation guidelines can be found in IIPJ’s Author Guide