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Community Tourism Enters Mainstream
to Benefit of the Poor

Most trips are in rural villages and in a few cases, in countries where the United States has recently lifted travel restrictions. Is that a problem? No, says Klaus Betz, a judge for this year's To Do! awards ceremony, which is sponsored by the International Tourism Exchange in Berlin to spotlight community projects around the world. "When you have a fair and honest encounter, you are always in a safe place because you belong to them." Community tourism projects can provide rich experiences by closely involving local people. Here are examples: Renard Bleu Touareg Society in Zagora, Morocco, offers one- or two-week Sahara camel treks.

Sana Butler in: New York Times, April 10, 2005
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