Indigenous communities often inhabit landscapes and territories that can offer compelling destinations for nature and culture-based tourism. The adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007 is acting to grow awareness of the need to engage with Indigenous peoples in the sustainable and equitable development of their economies. Attractive opportunities exist for those organizations that can work effectively with Indigenous communities while respecting their rights, resources, cultures and knowledge.
This webinar, hosted by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, provides an introduction to the vast sweep of Indigenous homelands around the world. We show a powerful correlation between biological diversity and Indigenous territories. The presentation demonstrates how the Indigenous values of hospitality, cultural beliefs and close relationship with the natural world can create a unique and inviting brand of tourism. We begin to discuss the many issues facing Indigenous tourism development, and we offer advice to the travel industry on means of working effectively through those issues.