Tourism for Community & Economic Development
Links to resources by others

In addition to my own tourism for development resources, here is a list of resources on the subject by others that I highly recommend.

Many of these organizations have Twitter feeds worth following, as well as Facebook fan pages and information on various other social media platforms; subscribe to their newsletters or engage with them on social media in order to stay up-to-date on activities and resources:

    UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). This United Nations agency is a leading organization regarding tourism as a tool for economic development.

    World Tourism Day (WTD), September 27. UNWTO has several suggestions on this page that you can use to promote WTD yourself.

    University Course Tourism and International Cooperation for Development. This intensive course is offered by the UNWTO in collaboration with George Washington University. The program trains university graduates and professionals in subject areas related to development and international cooperation through tourism. Graduates can become part of the UNWTO's Volunteer Corps and participate international UNWTO cooperation projects. Most of the course is online. The course is offered annually.

    Outdoor Afro, a USA-based efforts to get more black Americans into recreational activities such as camping, hiking, biking, birding, fishing, gardening, skiing, climbing and other outdoor activities.

    tourism4good, a list of Twitter feeds that relate to tourism for good - tourism as a tool to help to develop communities and individuals.

    Ride Oregon. A program to help both those that want to bike ride in Oregon and those that want to better cater to/accommodate bicyclists in Oregon. The site includes information on the economic impact of bicycle tourism on local economies. A good model for other regions.

    Kentucky State Parks. This is my home state, and their online activities, particularly the web site and Facebook activities, are excellent models for other regions to see how to cater to tourists.

    Outdoor Foundation / Outdoor Nation. The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 established by Outdoor Industry Association to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Offers free toolkits on its web site to get various groups outdoors more.

    Get Girls Outdoors. The name of the organization says it all!

    National Park Service Education and Interpretation, a place for teachers and youth to find resources that can be used in the classroom regarding national park sites in the USA. A good template for other country's looking to develop similar resources. Encouraging youth to visit parks turns them into travelers for life.

    Hostelling International USA, the USA branch of Hostelling International. The USA doesn't have many hostels, but those that it has are great places not only to stay as a tourist, but for local people to learn about people from other parts of the world. I've presented at both Portland Hostels twice.

Examples of what tourism for economic and community development in high poverty or rural areas can look like:
    Panjsher Tourism Development Conference Promotes Investing in Afghanistan’s Future
    A project involving USAID in Afghanistan in May 2011 - which, indeed, is where, in 2007, I learned on a visit that local leaders were oh-so-excited about the word eco-tourism, but had no idea what it really was.

    Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Alliance (ESTA)
    A project involving USAID, from 2008 through 2013. The goal of the project is to both assist in the creation of sustainable tourism products, services and other opportunities and to mainstream HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness (HIV/AIDS-related activities are often a part of projects that may, at first, seem not to have anything to do with tourism).

More suggestions for this page are welcomed!

Also see my own tourism for development resources, which are focused on a range of issues, including women travelers, motorcycle travelers and voluntourism.


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