Bringing local communities on board for tourism development

Empowering local communities to engage in tourism activities can boost the industry, especially in many potential destinations in Indonesia. Back in June, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced ‘Tourism and Community Development’ as this year’s theme for World Tourism Day. Since tourism statistics are mainly focused on the numbers of incoming foreign visitors, the role local communities play in the tourism industry is often overlooked. ‘Prosperous tourism indeed provides opportunities economically for local residents’, says Olenka Priyadarsani, the founder of Backpackology…READ MORE.