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TOCTAGUANO, Katherine. Impacto económico del Tren Crucero en las comunidades por las que transita. Caso: Nizag y Palacio Real. Siembra [online]. 2019, vol.6, n.1, pp.109-155. ISSN 2477-8850.

New alternatives for local development in order to achieve social, economic, and cultural welfare arises from the need of communities. Consequently, Community Tourism emerged as a viable alternative, as a factor for generating autonomous communities with fair benefits for the population by implementing positive impacts in long-term. In Ecuador, some projects that deal with country town people with high poverty levels are developed for promoting their local development as it is stated by the latest approved Constitution that is currently in use and which proposes the Buen Vivir Plan with the assistance of the public and private sectors. This is why this research arises to focus on the real socio-economic impacts that have been originated by the Cruise Train State project as a tourist product in the country towns where this train goes. This investigation has been aided by qualitative and quantitative data about this topic. To carry out this research, some surveys and interviews were applied to the main stakeholders and the results showed great shortcomings of social and economic benefits in those groups. As a conclusion, the local development of communities is not good enough since each country town has been developed in a different way and with different methods with which the state institutions have not generated significant activities that help those groups. The state projects should produce improvements in the plans that have been implemented in the vulnerable regions of the country, so if the planning, organization, and implementation of these projects are correct, these kinds of projects can be a viable alternative for the local development.

Palavras-chave : Local development; Community tourism; Vulnerable zones; Community economy.

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