CHILE IS TO TAKE PART IN AN INTERNATIONAL TOURISM MEETING, HELD NEXT WEEK IN CATALONIA, IN ORDER TO RAISE AWARENESS OF RURAL COMMUNITY TOURISM.
The meeting will have multi-national participation, with a delegation of ten tour operators from different countries in Latin America and England. The mission aims to strengthen trade ties with Catalan agencies, share experiences and give inspiration to the different countries. Chile will be represented by the travel network Travolution.
The Rural Community Tourism Marketing of Latin America is organized by Alba Sud in collaboration with the CETT-UB, Èxode Viatges, Tosca, the municipality of Sant Cugat and the support of the Barcelona Provincial Council.
Rural Community Tourism is a type of tourism that is based in the rural areas, where the local population play a central role in the development , management and control , as well as in the distribution of its benefits. This type of tourism brings together local communities, especially poorer, indigenous families because they have key involvement with helping to establish it. It does not replace traditional agricultural activities, but it is a way to expand and diversify the productive options and help improve rural economy.
This type of offer allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the country they are visiting and see the real unspoiled areas. They learn first hand from the locals and get a real insight into the people’s daily life , traditional activities , and their history. One of its main attractions is the possibility of a personal and direct relationship with the locals, in addition to the knowledge that you are contributing to the improvement of local communities.
In Spain, the concept of rural tourism in Latin America is not yet as established as it is in other European countries such as Germany, Holland, England and France. For this reason, Alba Sud, in partnership with the School of Hospitality and Tourism (CETT-UB), the City of Sant Cugat, Èxode Viatges and TOSCA, and with the support of the Barcelona Provincial Council has organized a seminar aimed at strengthening the links between rural tourism operators in Latin America and various stakeholders of tourism in Catalonia.
By expanding the of knowledge of rural tourism, the respective countries can ensure that the profit is pumped directly back into the areas that need it most.