One of the main problems currently facing modern tourism is the alienation of tourists from host nationals. The lack of interaction and communication between tourists and hosts communities can result in misunderstanding, resentment and suspicion. If tourism is to overcome the alienation of tourists and residents from each other, and promote understanding and therefore peace between these two groups, then they must be able to meet, talk and understand each other. Current trends indicate that tomorrow's tourists will be looking for more interaction and communication with their hosts. The paper examines some of the current formal "meet-the-people" programmes and the "informally guided interactions" that are operated in different countries. The paper draws attention to the importance of these programme, for both the tourist and the host.
"Visitor Welcome Programmes--A Positive Step in Helping to Promote Cross Socio-cultural Relations,"
Visions in Leisure and Business: Vol. 9
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/visions/vol9/iss1/3