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Sustainable practices of community tourism planning: lessons from a remote community
Community Development (2010)
  • Oksana Grybovych, University of Northern Iowa
  • Delmar Hafermann, University of Northern Iowa
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.
  • community development,
  • deliberative democracy,
  • participatory planning,
  • rural tourism
Publication Date
January 7, 2010
Citation Information
Oksana Grybovych and Delmar Hafermann. "Sustainable practices of community tourism planning: lessons from a remote community" Community Development Vol. 41 Iss. 3 (2010) p. 354 - 369
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