Meaning of Ethnic Tourism
Ethnic tourism signifies tourists' interests in the customs of the indigenous and exotic peoples. It is a form of special interest tourism as different from general tourism which focuses directly on local people. Ethnic tourism involves intimate contacts with the "authentic" indigenous culture. The tourist visits the homes of local people, observes and participates in their festivals, dances, rituals and other forms of cultural expressions. Human contacts with indigenous people is very important and involves study and purchase of local products as well.
Difference Between Ethnic And Cultural Tourism
In ethnic tourism, the tourist is interested to have a direct contact with the local people. He/she wants a first-hand experience with the way of life and cultural artifacts of the people who are being visited. In cultural tourism, the contact with the people is indirect. The tourist's main interest is not direct exposure to and involvement worth the traditional purchases of the locals. It is viewing the culture, not experiencing it.