Faculty Publications

Title

Sustainable practices of community tourism planning: Lessons from a remote community

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Community development, Deliberative democracy, Participatory planning, Rural tourism

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Community Development

Volume

41

Issue

3

First Page

354

Last Page

369

Abstract

This article examines community tourism planning practices through the theoretical framework of deliberative democracy, and provides an example of best practices of integrating tourism planning and development into community comprehensive planning. It illustrates how a small remote community on Vancouver Island, Canada embraced practices of participatory dialogic planning in its official community planning process. Having faced a threat of tourism development going out of control, this community decided to take a proactive stance and collectively design a policy framework to guide potential developers. Fresh and innovative planning and policy approaches not only helped safeguard community and social capitals, but exemplified fresh unconventional practices of embedding community based tourism planning into broader sustainable community planning efforts. © 2010 Community Development Society.

Original Publication Date

7-1-2010

DOI of published version

10.1080/15575330903444085

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