This research project is an ethnographic investigation of sustainable community tourism in the context of increasing state-governmental control of and transnational private sector investment in the local tourism economy.
Specifically, this is a study of how community members of Piste can develop tourism in new and alternative ways that maximize their own individual and collective benefits from tourism. Changes in the management and regulation of tourism over the last decade have restructured and restricted the historical involvement of community actors in the local tourism economy. These changes have worked to re-direct economic benefits from locals to to non-local investors and governmental agents.
How can different social groups and sectors of local society take greater control of the tourism development in a way that sustains the flow of social, cultural and economic benefits for the community?