Posted by: Anni Orekh | December 15, 2010

Hispaniola Island:Dominican Republic:Community-Based Tourism

Community-based tourism affords travelers with rare opportunities to experience local communities first hand. It’s distinctive in that it provides an alternative to development that’s not sustainable, giving rural and poor communities an additional source of income.

In supporting community-based tourism, you can immerse yourself in the day-to-day lives of local and indiginous people while helping them to preserve their environment and cultural heritage.You’ll spend time near areas that are rich in culture and biodiversity, and you’ll get to know the locals at the grass roots level.
Community-based Tourism Definitions.

•Community-based Tourism: Community-based tourism is socially sustainable tourism which is initiated and almost always operated exclusively by local and indiginous people. Shared ledership emphasizing community well-being over individual profit, balances power within communities, and fosters traditional culture, conservation, and responsible stewardship of the land.

 •Culture: The accumulated habits, attitudes, languages, and beliefs of a group of people that define for them their general behavior and way of life.

 •Cultural Imperialism: The practice of promoting the culture or language of one nation in another. It is usually the case that the former is a large, economically or militarily powerful nation and the latter is a smaller, less affluent one. Cultural imperialism can take the form of an active, formal policy or a general attitude. (Source: NationMaster.com).

 •Indigenous or Aboriginal or Native People: People who are the descendants of the original inhabitants of a geographic region prior to colonization who have maintained some or all of their linguistic, cultural and organizational characteristics.

 •Local People: Someone who has lived in an area long enough to take an active role in shaping and defining their community and its cultural identity in a positive way.

 •Social Norm: In sociology, a norm or social norm, is a pattern of behavior expected within a particular society in a given situation. The shared belief of what is normal and acceptable shapes and enforces the actions of people in a society. The very fact that others in one’s society follow the norm may give them a reason to follow it. Important norms are called mores. (Source: Wikipedia).

 •Social Structure: Ordered interrelationships that are characteristic of particular societies, such as its class structure or system of economic or political relations. (Brunel University, Researching Society and Culture).

We hope to awaken an interest in the  Dominican Republic   and the trips organized by Hineni team for Hispaniola Pathways, and that one day, we will meet each other in our country. We are looking forward to seeing you. Community building should involve a 4P formula of POTENTIAL, PASSION, PURPOSE and PARTNERSHIP – one P builds on the other.

Dominican Republic is your escape for stress and our selection of Hispaniola island holiday special will make it easy for you. And if you agree with this statement that Dominican Republic is one the most happiest place on the earth come and join us on our most popular trips on the happiest place on the planet Earth.

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