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Sustainable Ethnic Tourism Development in Arunachal Pradesh

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Sustainable tourism is a new paradigm of development that thrives to conserve and sustain the natural, social, cultural and built environment by involving the local community, which in return contributes to their economic upliftment. This concept of planned tourism can be applied in presenting the ethnicity of local communities as tourism product for special interest tourists. Arunachal Pradesh, a state in the north eastern India, is the home to around 26 major tribes and over 110 sub-tribes with rich ethnic and cultural diversity. One of the unique features of the tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh is their close relationship with nature which is imbibed in the cultural beliefs and their indigenous traditional knowledge of conservation and management. This chapter tries to assess the viability of the sustainable lifestyle of the state's two major tribes, namely, the Monpa tribe and the Apatani tribe, as tourism product, who are part of the key tourist circuits of Arunachal Pradesh, namely, Tezpur-Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang and Itanagar-Ziro-Daporizo-Along-Pasighat. To examine the relationship between sustainable tourism development and community participation, data have been collected through secondary and primary sources and a mixed method, including both qualitative and quantitative approach, is used in the study. It is found that ethnic tourism has great potential for the conservation and preservation of cultural and traditional expressions of these communities by making the showcase of ethnic resources economically viable.

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Borgohain, P., Patowary, B. (2023). Sustainable Ethnic Tourism Development in Arunachal Pradesh. In: Anand, S., Das, M., Bhattacharyya, R., Singh, R.B. (eds) Sustainable Development Goals in Northeast India. Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-6478-7_26

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