chapter  11
Tourism planning and management and the host community
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The host community is being recognized as a major player in decision-making about tourism management and the future direction of tourism. Tourists, particularly from wealthy, developed countries, are often attracted by the products of a host community in a developing country, such as arts and craft as well as less tangible factors, including music and dance. Partly as result of the problems that result from contact between such international tourists and communities in developing countries, and in an attempt to ensure greater benefits to host communities, there has been a focus on community participation in tourism planning and development. The research suggested as has been found by several other studies that the smaller the community the more visible the tourism development and the stronger the views held. Tourists eat local food cooked using local recipes. Public expenditure of the revenue gained from tourism is controlled by village cooperatives.