Community involvement in tourism has been widely supported as being essential for sustainablity. Globally, community based tourism(CBT) is increasingly receving attention as touirsm initiatives combine aspects of community development, poverty alleviation, cultural and natural heritage conservation. CBT lends itself as a window to achieving broader development goals at national, regional and local levels.  
Within the context of community based rural tourism, the Endogenous tourism project- Rural tourism Scheme (ETP-RTS) has created opportunity for developing an overall understaning of the critical components in  conceptualizing, implementing and managing tourism in rural areas.
The ETP in many ways has been a total shift from the standard tourism projects implemented by the Ministry of Tourism in the past that were infrastructure-centric and infrastructure-heavy. It has an overall framework which is ambitious, emphasising processes rather than products, and placing at the centre the notion of local communities taking the decisions related to tourism.
This report attempts to “put together” some of the insights and lessons that emerge from the ETP. The insights are generalised to apply to rural tourism projects in developing countries. For examples and details from the ETP

Geographies
India, Himachal Pradesh
Local Regions/Cities
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