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dc.contributor.convenorRay Sleemanen_AU
dc.contributor.authorGurung, Humen_US
dc.contributor.authorBuckley, Ralfen_US
dc.contributor.authorCastley, Guyen_US
dc.contributor.authorJennings, Gayleen_US
dc.contributor.editorJ. Fountain, K. Mooreen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the role of mountain communities in the promotion of ecotourism in the Annapurna Conservation Area, western Nepal. The term 'tourism' does not exist in the local Nepali language suggesting that the concept is foreign in such cultures. However, in recent years, the herders, shepherds and retired Gurkha soldiers living in the hills and mountain communities of the southern Annapurna region have embraced tourism as a tool for biodiversity conservation, economic development and sustainable community development. This paper discusses the historical perspective of how western trekkers have explored the virgin wilderness area and mountain environment promoting the socio-economic development of these communities. The local communities in partnership with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) of the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) have become agents for promoting environmentally sustainable tourism destinations in Nepal. This paper also highlights the challenges of managing sustainable tourism destinations and the way forward, through the empowerment of local communities.en_US
dc.publisherTourism Groupen_US
dc.publisher.placeLincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealanden_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencenameRe-creating Tourismen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleRe-creating Tourism - New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Rsearch Conference 2008en_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationHanmer Springs, Canterburyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchConservation and Biodiversityen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Education and Extensionen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchTourism Managementen_US
dc.titleTourism and local communities in the Annapurna Region, Nepal.en_US
dc.typeConference outputen_US
dc.type.descriptionE3 - Conference Publications (Extract Paper)en_US
dc.type.codeE - Conference Publicationsen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environmenten_US
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