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Can alternative tourism strengthen local development in Latin America?

Chávez-Dagostino, R.M., Maoldonado, O.A., Ramos, K.J., Espinoza, R.

Short title: Alternative tourism as an enhancer of local development

The consensus about the benefits that tourism generates has made more and more communities want to join this dynamic in search of a better quality of life, stable job properly paid or generating social enterprises. Experiences worldwide rebel improvements, but generally does not cause these changes locally, so in this paper are analyzed the constraints to the achievement of local development through alternative tourism in rural areas. A 14 conditions matrix was generated that 19 Latin American researchers with experience in alternative tourism in rural communities, rated on a Likert scale. Their answers were sorted by frequency. Besides word clouds on constraints and limitations for achieving local development through tourism were developed. The results showed that the factors that influence local development are dependent on representatives of local governments; the ability to participate is an enabler local development through alternative tourism projects and corruption is the main limitation.

Chávez-Dagostino, R.M. Profesor-Investigador Centro Universitario de la Costa, Universidad de Guadalajara. C.A. Análisis Regional y Turismo. Av. Universidad de Guadalajara 203, Puerto Vallarta Jalisco, México. CP 48280. rosac@cuc.udg.mx

 Maoldonado, O.A. Maestro en Ciencias Sociales Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa

Ramos, K.J. Estudiante de Maestría en Ciencias para el Desarrollo, Sustentabilidad y Turismo, Unidad Académica de Turismo de la Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit.

Espinoza, R. Profesor-Investigador Centro Universitario de la Costa, Universidad de Guadalajara. C.A. Análisis Regional y Turismo

Spanish Journal of Rural Development, Vol. VI (Special 1): 71-82, 2015
Copyright © 2015 Ignacio J. Díaz-Maroto Hidalgo
DOI: 10.5261/2015.ESP1.06