Heritage Tourism and Youth Empowerment: Youth Path

In the Caribbean, an initiative on Youth Poverty Alleviation through Tourism and Heritage (YouthPATH) uses heritage tourism to empower young people to achieve economic advancement and self-esteem, and thereby contributes to several chapters in the Mauritius Strategy.

The objective is to train young people in poor rural communities in the development and documentation of cultural and heritage sites. Among those taking part are sites in eight Caribbean island countries.

The intention is that these sites will become centres of national and international tourism, and thus generate income, reduce poverty and contribute to community development. Sites include villages settled by freed Africans rescued from ships engaged in illegal slave trading, an area demonstrating the history of estate life, and the nesting grounds of endangered leatherback turtles.

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