Community based tourism for us is a way of travel where local communities are both the central decision makers and the main financial beneficiaries of tourism. Because, it infuses local right holders with both autonomy and the resources necessary to act on local concerns, the heart of community based tourism is about social and economic empowerment.
At Kabani, we offer responsible travel by integrating local communities and small businesses into our network of partners. These programmes include the facilitation of rural micro enterprises, organic farming, waste management, conservation and enhancement of natural resources. We offer training and awareness programmes to the villagers and the small entrepreneurs to enhance their capacity to meet the challenges of tourism. These programmes ensure the social and economic empowerment of the communities as well as the quality of service offered to our guests.
We have been working with farming and coastal communities in India to set up their own tourism programmes. These efforts have been offering an authentic experience to our guests and considerable economic and other benefits to the host communities.
In these partnerships, the capital investment of the villagers is kept as low as possible in order to reduce their dependence on tourism. Farmers’ homes are developed as home stays, so ,it does not cause any extra investment or burden on the villagers. The tourism business is counted as an additional income for the communities and is not the main source of income for them, considering its unpredictable nature. All these partnerships are not just tourism programmes, but address holistic village development and related issues.