An architect participating in a volunteer project on tourism. It may seem that does not make much sense, but it is also true that tourism and, in our case, sustainability, are presented as key factors in our society and on the islands in which we live and, at the same time, they are subjects covering numerous fields.
This opportunity has helped me to learn more in depth aspects of sustainable tourism and communities based tourism. Far from the recurring theme of sun and beach, hotels and “all inclusive”, it becomes clear that there are other ways to travel, other ways to discover the world having direct contact with the local population, with their reality, and every day they are more demanded. Concepts knew of a more superficial way and now I could develop.
It has also been interesting to see, through the STARS project, the differences between the different participating countries regarding the general topic. In my case, in our case, the Solomon Islands, we start from scratch, no history regarding the idea of ”Community Based Tourism”, disconnection and isolation from the world become more than evident in this regard. They have the resources, history, culture and nature, but they ignore the possibilities and tools to make them serve the community. The knowledge and experiences that bring visitors to the country make it simpler for us, it becomes complicated and totally new to them.