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1. UNWTO Recommendations on Sustainable Development of Indigenous Tourism

In August 2019, the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s World Committee on Tourism Ethics proposed a set of Recommendations on Sustainable Development of Indigenous Tourism. These recommendations offer considerations on the potential benefits of tourism in Indigenous communities as well as guidelines for engagement in these communities to ensure distribution of benefits and contribution to Indigenous community empowerment among other issues.

2. Organization of American States’ American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Adopted in June 2016, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples guides engagement with Indigenous Peoples throughout the Organization of American States’ 32 member countries.

3. Organization of American States’ Analysis of Information about Community-Based Rural Tourism in the Americas (in Spanish)

This document provides an overview of the structure, focus, benefits, and characteristics of Community-Based Rural Tourism in countries throughout the Americas. It is a developing work that will be refined according to the CITUR Work Plan for 2018 – 2021.

4. Compete Caribbean Community-Based Tourism Toolkit

Compete Caribbean developed a toolkit useful for potential tour operators considering developing community-based tourism experiences or any product that relies on community engagement. Discussions range from quality assurance to determining market readiness.

5. Indigenous People and the Travel Industry: Global Good Practice

G Adventures and the International Institute of Tourism Studies at George Washington University developed key guidelines  around Indigenous tourism to provide a framework for good business practices. These are not standards but are meant to inform good, responsible, culturally sensitive business behaviors. They are meant to be scaled and adapted to fit local conditions and adjusted over time.

6. National Guidelines: Developing Authentic Indigenous Experiences in Canada

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada has developed comprehensive guidelines to assist Indigenous enterprises with launching tourism experiences. The guidelines discuss authenticity, visitor readiness, and market readiness and provide a self-assessment for readiness among other topics.


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