What is participatory tourism?
In contrast to mass tourism, which welcomes large numbers of holidaymakers for the sake of profitability and economic growth, participatory tourism is a way of creating social links. It enables local residents to take part in the development of tourism, or to involve tourists in the activities of the region they are visiting. Participatory tourism thus represents a desire to put people at the heart of sincere and convivial relationships, and can be practiced anywhere, in rural or urban areas. By fostering relationships between locals and visitors, it’s a great way to discover the meaning of hospitality in a new light. This type of tourism, known as alternative tourism, began to develop thanks to the rise of the Internet in the 2000s, but also to a growing environmental awareness.
How does it work?
This alternative form of tourism enhances the value of a region, giving it a dynamic, authentic image. Today, it’s all the rage, and can take many different forms, such as wwoofing or geocaching. In Isère, farmers welcome you to discover their passion for their trade, their unique know-how and their handcrafted products, and offer you a range of events. You can visit farms such as Ferme de Châtillon and Ferme des Bisons de l’Oisans, just a few kilometers from the A La Rencontre du Soleil campsite. And to find out all about the region and its heritage, and to visit the Parc des Ecrins, visit the Maisons du Parc des Ecrins, which offer a wide range of activities for the whole family: visit exhibitions, take part in a variety of workshops, meet lecturers… Holidaymakers looking for an original stay in Isère will be delighted!