Community Engagement, Research, and ChangeTen Years of Community Rural Tourismin Cedral, Puntarenas, Costa RicaLexus Bacon and Jake WeshalekRCAH 395/292BProfessor Delgado7 December 20171
Community Engagement, Research, and ChangeTable of ContentsI.IntroductionII.Backgrounda.Basic overview of communityb.Community Historyc.Tourism Association d.Community Sustainability e.Community EmpowermentIII.Literature reviewa.Community Rural Tourismb.The Community in Community Rural TourismIV.Problem StatementV.Methodologya.Pre-Party Preparationb.Party Planc.Post-Party Pland.Basis for the Methodology VI.Results:a.Survey #1b.Survey #2c.One on One ResultsVII.DiscussionVIII.ConclusionIX.Work CitedX.Appendixa.Survey 1b.Celebration Necessities c.Survey 2d.One on one information packete.Tourism Association DocumentationI.Introduction:In October of 2017, two Michigan State University students first entered the rural community of Cedral in Montes de Oro, Puntarenas as part of RCAH’s Civic Engagement and Sustainability program in Costa Rica. Cedral has a myriad of associations with the purpose of 2
Community Engagement, Research, and Changeincreased community involvement. One such association is the Montes de Oro, Cedral Rural Tourism Association which was founded in 2007 with the main purpose of creating new jobs, providing opportunities for youth, and increasing economic prosperity. During the past ten years there have been what contemporary theorists would argue, crucial hindrances in leadership and primary objectives of the association. Sue Beeton and the Australian government have outlined the role of a rural tourism association in addition to the role of a community in community rural tourism. The aforementioned information and first-hand observations leads to the pressing research question: what are the goals of the association members and the community of Cedral and does it match the current goals that were set in place ten years prior? Knowing this information allows for the work of the association over the past ten years to be evaluated and the opportunity to begin outlining the needs going forward. To answer the question, two different surveys were conducted, a celebration was organized to share the work of the association with the community, and the preliminary results were shared individually with the association members. The findings suggest that: 1. the goals of the community and members do not match those developed for the association nearly a decade ago; 2. the community as a whole has great interest in the association and its success; and 3. there is room for improvement amongst association members participation. The Australian government, Beeton, and Regina Scheyvens outline three important factors in successful community tourism initiatives: 1. a tourist association should have clear anddocumentedgoals, without them, the association does not have a well-defined purpose; 2.
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Community building, Tourism association, tourist association, Community Rural Tourism