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How Community Tourism Empowers Locals

Perhaps the most important aspect of community-based tourism is the way it empowers local people to keep ownership of their land and keep control over how to share their culture. The money travelers spend at CBT experiences goes directly toward supporting local livelihoods and a portion almost always gets re-invested in community projects, like Cambodian Living Arts’ efforts to support traditional artists or La Leona Lodge’s work to preserve 500 acres of prime rainforest.

When you choose to book your travel with community cooperatives, family businesses and locally-run tour operators committed to these values, you can have amazing experiences that actually leave the wonderful places and people you visit a little bit better off.