From research that I carried out in 2006-2007, entitled Appropriation of Culture in Tourism at whose benefits? just as many researchers that have investigated the nature of tourism in relation to culture and heritage, I am as well deeply perturbed by how communities traditional knowledge systems and cultures are used, utilized in tourism at no costs really.In essence I was investigating how tourism as an industry appropriates, utilizes and promotes local traditional knowledge versus the economic benefits of those who posses that knowledge.The findings are rather sad for while tourism use some samples of cultural forms as touristic products, it has become evident that those that relive and reenact those cultural forms are less paid and less valued.Poignant is some people who have been employed in some lodges to showcase and perform some of their traditional lifestyles to tourists. I feel these people should be treated as consultants for they are providing so much expertise to lodges.
*Assist with marketing
* Finance the project
*Apply tax incentives or strategic debt reduction