The first Latin American Community Based Tourism meeting will take place from 23 to 26 March 2017, attended by more than 30 Latin American community organizations, as well as around 50 Colombian community projects and travel agencies interested in generating alliances for the commercialization of CBT initiatives in Latin America, consolidating and promoting the collective construction of community tourism in the region.
The town of Gachantivá in Colombia´s central region will host this first meeting, demonstrating its organization and commitment to tourism development. It will be a space for the exchange of experiences, learning and addressing fundamental issues such as local development, social innovation, entrepreneurship, productivity and collaborative networks, contributing to the sustainable development of territories in Latin America.
This encounter also aims to highlight tourism as a key strategy for peace-building and sustainable development in the Latin-American communities, as the World Tourism Organization has stated, “There is no tourism development without peace but tourism can help build peace.”
This first meeting is supported by the Department of Boyaca, the Municipality of Gachantivá, and funded by the U.S. Department of State, through a grant with the World Environment Center (which is helping to strengthen the capacity of 30 organizations as part of the Pathways Network).
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