Cuadernos de Desarrollo Rural
Print version ISSN 0122-1450
LOPEZ-GUZMAN GUZMAN, Tomás J. and SANCHEZ CANIZARES, Sandra María. Socio-economic development of rural areas based on community tourism. A Nicaragua case study. Cuad. Desarro. Rural [online]. 2009, vol.6, n.62, pp. 81-97. ISSN 0122-1450.
The community tourism is developing in the world as an alternative to the traditional trips. This way, this type of tourism allows a major contact with the local community and the experimentation with new sensations. In this paper we present a study realized in an area of Nicaragua about the perception that have the residents to develop, across the local community, a tourist destination based on the important resources of ecological character of the zone and on the hospitality of his inhabitants. The used methodology is based on a work of field realized in the above mentioned zone during September to November, 2008. As principal results we emphasize the perception on the part of the local community that the tourist development can generate wealth and create jobs, although for it a technical training previous is necessary on the part of different public and private organizations, standing out the NGOs.
Keywords : Community tourism; Nicaragua; local development; rural areas; tourist Destination.