Scotland Outlook 2030, Scotland’s Tourism Strategy has a mission to “…grow the value and positively enhance the benefits of tourism across Scotland by delivering the very best for our visitors, our businesses, our people, our communities and our environment.”
The Scottish Rural Parliament session explored the contribution that communities make as the driving forces of local tourism strategies.
Community-led tourism, as part of local place-making strategies, is a vehicle for designing tourism offerings and facilities to maximise benefits for local people and businesses, and the tourists who visit. It is based on collaboration and partnership between tourism ‘experts’ and communities and contributes to community wealth building/wellbeing economy and addressing climate change. Place-based communities should be inclusive of communities of interest such as LGBT populations and Travellers but, in many cases, additional supports must be put in place for communities of interest to participate in community-led tourism development.
Read the full report here.