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Developing Community Tourism Businesses as part of the Tour Operator Supply Chain

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This presentation is about incorporating sustainable practices that empower local communities into tour operator supply chains. The tour operator working directly with its foundation, is working directly with communities to empower underserved women and youth to access market-driven approaches to create sustainable businesses. There is often a resource gap between non-profit organizations and blended-social purpose businesses that are attempting to benefit the communities in which they work. Without a strong market, these non-profits or community tourism projects often fold and fail. However, when partnered with a for-profit operator, tourism businesses have one of the greatest reaches and spread to provide opportunity for marginalized communities, and allow social enterprises to scale, access knowledge transfer, and develop their first revenue generating programs.

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Developing Community Tourism Businesses as part of the Tour Operator Supply Chain

  1. 1. Developing Community Tourism Businesses as part of the Tour Operator Supply Chain Presented By: Adrienne Lee Twitter: @AdrienneKLee Website: www.planeterra.org
  2. 2. About Planeterra A business backed non-profit: • G Adventures’ non-profit Foundation • Founded in 2003 by Bruce Poon Tip • Started as a way to give back through travel • 52 projects in 10 years, 25+ supply chain projects in +15 countries
  3. 3. Lessons Learned
  4. 4. Why do projects fail?
  5. 5. Bridging the gap:
  6. 6. What we support:
  7. 7. Where has this worked
  8. 8. The IDB/MIF Project • 5 major community tourism projects in 4 countries in Latin America co-financed by G Adventures the IDB • Innovative: First time a development bank is working with a travel company to develop community tourism • Connecting rural community tourism enterprises to G Adventures’ traveller market = sustainable livelihoods and over 2500 lives changed
  9. 9. South America:
  10. 10. Central America:
  11. 11. Nepal Sisterhood of Survivors
  12. 12. Tanzania Creating agency for Masai women
  13. 13. India Safe transport for locals and travellers
  14. 14. Contact Info: • Email: info@planeterra..org • Planeterra Twitter: @PlaneterraCares • Planeterra Facebook: Planeterra Foundation • Website: www.planeterra.org

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