The Ecotourism Game
Split the proceeds between project and members
Most Quichua are
satisfied with their income from tourism. They are becoming more comfortable
with tourists and no longer worry about what the tourists will think of
them. Some have even begun charging a few dollars to have their picture
The cultural program has become a polished performance. The
Quichua in the band and dance troupe take professional pride in putting
on a good show for tourists. They can see that they are doing a good job,
since the number of tourists increases each month.
Now some people are talking about building a tourist lodge
offering hot showers, electric lights, and American-style meals. Such a
lodge would attract tourists who currently stay at one of the comfortable
lodges on the Rio Napo, bringing more money to the community.
|Though tourism is profitable, you continue to tend to your crops. The need for rich soil leads many of your neighbors to clear half a hectare for
||Tourism has become a strong and reliable source of income, doubling the annual income for most Quichua.
What do you think?
Build a new tourist lodge
Keep things the way they are