Get to know Community-Based Tourism
What is your perspective when you heard someone talked about the community? A slum? What is the definition of community? And how important it is? In this blog, we will find out.
#What is the community?
Let’s start with the meaning of the community. According to Cambridge’s dictionary which gives the definition of community that community means the people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group, or nationality. Oxford’s dictionary says that the community is a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. To summarize, we can say that community means the area where people live and gather together in a group or small group with peaceful and helpful.
#Why is community important?
We could say that the community is the beginning of people. A throwback to the past, people started living together in a group by gathered and gathered together. Moreover, when people kept joining until becoming a bigger group. They brought wisdom to the community and kept doing it ever since until the present comes. According to the meaning of community which means an area where people live together and having communication. Inside the community may consist of various kind of people, occupations, beliefs, cultures, and religions. But the main point is to create a good person.
#Community and Tourism
Can we manage community and tourism together? The answer is yes. A new generation of tourism is the Community-Based Tourism (CBT). It is about traveling with responsibility and preservation for sustainable natural resource because the proper owner of tourist attraction is the community. When tourists come to the community, they bring the amount of money to villagers. If the tourists don’t care about the preservation, what will happen to the community? Nobody visits the attractions anymore because of the degeneration of natural resource.
#How the difference between CBT and other tourism?
For traveling in CBT style is based in the community. The villager will be a local guide and looks after you. Tourists will be learned and taught by villagers about the local living and lifestyle also sharing the experience together. For accommodation, tourists will stay inside the community by homestay experience to get more local insight.
#The indicators of community-based on tourism
- The community has natural resource and good management
- The community has a unique lifestyle
- The community has a philosopher or people who have knowledge of good management
- The community can develop itself
- The community has good regulations to manage the environment surrounds
- The community can share benefit together with villagers
- Every activity for a tourist can connect with the local lifestyle
- The community can cultivate about moral and reservation in natural resource for tourists and villagers
The best practice of community-based tourism in Thailand
Ban Prasat community is located in Nakhon Ratchasima province, commonly known as Korat. It is the gate to the northeast. This community has perfect management also the example community for other communities too. Ban Prast community is an ancient community that discovers ancient skeletons, utensils, etc... Which aged is more than 3,000 years old.
#What can we do at Ban prasat community?
1. Travel inside the community which has a tourist attraction, the archaeological site
2. You can be a participant in every activity of villagers such as cooking or trying to weave cloth
3. Stay in homestay Ban Prasat
4. Going to tourist attractions nearby such as Phimai Historical Park or Prasat Hin Phanomwan
#Benefits of being CBT
Let’s talk about the benefits of CBT by explaining the indicators
1.The community has natural resource and good management
This community has owned its tourist attractions such as an exhibition hall which shows the local living life of people and their utensils, Memorial Bridge that connects 2 communities together and excavations.
2.The community has a unique lifestyle
Every community has its own unique lifestyle. We can notice from their activities in daily life about what they are doing, how they conduct their lifestyle. We cannot compare this community to other community. The way of life might be the same but the specificity is not.
3.The community has good regulations to manage the environment surrounds
Garbage is huge when people from outside visit community. They may have a different habit, supporting and treatment. Some of them have well responsible for tourism. For example, keeping garbage with his/herself and throw it in the bin or the community provides rubbish bins all over the community.
4. The community can share benefit together with villagers
The villagers in Ban Prasat community produces cotton clothes by weaving, cooking snack after that send them to cooperative and the cooperative sells to tourists and then, money return back to villagers.
5. Every activity for a tourist can connect with the local lifestyle
As you can see from the pictures above, there are some activities that are proper activities in their daily life. When tourists come, they will be learned and taught by villagers.
6. The community can cultivate about moral and reservation in natural resource for tourists and villagers
First of all, the community should start cultivating in natural resource from the inner side that is villagers. When they love to prevent their precious properties, they will do from their deep hearts and when tourists come the villagers will protect their home.
Author by Junior Land Field