Tourism and Community Development, Canada and Brazil


Partners: Federal University of Vicosa (Brazil), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Canadian International Development Agency

Tourism is a powerful global force. Many communities, to develop or simply to survive, are looking to tourism as a possible salvation. While tourism may be the appropriate and timely course of action for some communities, it may also be inappropriate, undesirable or premature for others.

The Case Studies component of the Tourism and Community Development Project explored the conditions necessary for tourism to be considered an appropriate strategy for community development in twenty communities (twelve in Brazil and eight in Canada). The Approach component of the project proposes a tool by which a community may measure its potential and appropriateness for tourism development and marketing. Impacts on local resources, effects on local residents and implications for local governments are all considered to be of primary importance.