Immersion

One of the most important parts of immersion is ensuring that communities are willing and able to host visitors. Part of MENA’s work is developing relationships with different villages, making sure that first and foremost they are interested in receiving guests and then that there are sufficient facilities to support guests for overnight stays. We want to approach immersion from both the perspective of the guest (are there sufficient and appropriate facilities?, are there activities guests can participate in?) and of the community (will hosting interrupt their activities?, is there space for guests without forcing locals to move around?). We also want to help communities better understand what different guests and visitors are interested in so that they can better manage whenever guests show up (including short visits) and also develop their own programmes for visitors if they are interested to do so. Ultimately, we want to help ensure that the presence of tourism is having a positive and sustainable impact for the local economy and the community overall.