Title

Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica: Aligning Tourists’ Interests with Local Development

Date

6-1-2017 1:30 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 2:00 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe

Session Chair

Katherine Miller

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Isidore Lobnibe

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Sustainable practices in small communities preserve the natural environment while benefiting community members by promoting human welfare. One quarter of Costa Rica’s export income comes from tourism, with ecotourism being the most prominent form. The field research for this study was conducted in the regions of Tárcoles, Carara National Park, and Jacó along the Pacific Coast in Costa Rica. Tourists who visit other local attractions often bypass Tárcoles. The study explored which services interest tourists, what activities draw tourists to Costa Rica, and what sustainable services they are willing to pay for. Multiple surveys, semi-structured interviews, and participant observation were the methods for data collection. My analysis of the data suggests that there are opportunities in Tárcoles for the community to attract tourists visiting nearby communities and develop sustainable services that preserve the environment and create local economic benefits.

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Jun 1st, 1:30 PM Jun 1st, 2:00 PM

Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica: Aligning Tourists’ Interests with Local Development

WUC Willamette Room

Sustainable practices in small communities preserve the natural environment while benefiting community members by promoting human welfare. One quarter of Costa Rica’s export income comes from tourism, with ecotourism being the most prominent form. The field research for this study was conducted in the regions of Tárcoles, Carara National Park, and Jacó along the Pacific Coast in Costa Rica. Tourists who visit other local attractions often bypass Tárcoles. The study explored which services interest tourists, what activities draw tourists to Costa Rica, and what sustainable services they are willing to pay for. Multiple surveys, semi-structured interviews, and participant observation were the methods for data collection. My analysis of the data suggests that there are opportunities in Tárcoles for the community to attract tourists visiting nearby communities and develop sustainable services that preserve the environment and create local economic benefits.