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Small is beautiful
Some 80 per cent of people employed by travel companies around the world are working in small businesses or projects.
So it’s vital that local communities are included in the decision making processes and management of tourism, the Global Travel and Tourism Summit in Brazil heard.
The world has seen plenty of big tourism developments where local people have not reaped the financial or social benefit.
However, the movement today is toward communities taking charge of their own projects. And involving local people always enriches the holiday experience for visitors.