| Indigenous tourism in Mexico (MIT) has gone through two visible phases between the end of the 1990s and approximately until 2010.|
In the first phase, the challenge for MIT was the construction of facilities and the design of products associated with local Heritage.
In the second phase, the MIT challenges were linked to the assurance of quality, organization, promotion and commercialization, as well as the
acquisition of professional skills.
In the current decade, tensions continue to exist regarding issues such
as gender and the differentiation of experiences. At the same time, new concerns have emerged, such as those associated with the right to take
advantage of different types of heritage and the ways in which it is
presented in tourism.
Racism, population growth, as well as gaps in inequality, climate change and changes and losses of ecosystems are the most common challenges
faced by Indigenous populations in Mexico. However, RITA considers
that these threats can be counteracted by the exercise of more conscious and responsible human practices undertaken in solidarity with
Indigenous communities and peoples.
| The Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico A.C. (RITA)|
The Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico A.C. (RITA), is an association of Indigenous community organizations that was constituted in 2003 and currently has 100 organizations based in 16 states of the country and belonging to 17 Indigenous peoples.
| RITA’s mission in tourism is to support members with the development |
of their communities and with their preservation and use of the
biodiversity in their territories; as well as to facilitate dialogue and
relationships with the State in order to promote respect for human
rights, and especially the rights of Indigenous peoples
RITA’s main work areas are focused on:
* Community Development
* Public policy.
RITA’s activities are undertaken according to five strategic themes:
– Indigenous tourism development
– Use and conservation of biodiversity
– Women and Youth development
– The rights of Indigenous peoples including the right to consultation,
free prior and informed consent, autonomy, preservation, renewal
and strengthening of their institutions, among others.
– Productive economic processes.
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