Improving the quality of life for current and future generations

Empowering Communities

We empower communities through employment, training, and business ownership in the tourism industry


Tourism in developing countries often does more economic harm to local communities than good.


Foreign investment, hiring of foreign workers, and imported goods allow revenues to bypass local communities.


Tourism activity in communities raises the cost of living for local residents.


We provide community-based sustainable tourism projects to prevent the leakage of revenue to foreigners and instead keep it in the local communities.
of the least developed countries rely on tourism as a primary source of revenue
0 %
out of every $100 spent by foreign travelers stays in the hands of locals
$ 0
of 15-24 year olds in developing countries are either unemployed or receive salaries below the poverty line
0 %
of foreign revenue can stay in the local community through sustainable tourism development
0 %

Empowering Communities

Hospitality Training Centers

Teaching hotels provide formal education and hands-on training in the hospitality industry to at-risk youth and disadvantaged community members.

Tourism Business Financing

Microloans are awarded for the creation or expansion of locally-owned tourism businesses.

University Scholarships

University scholarships are awarded to disadvantaged youth who are seeking a degree in tourism or hospitality.

How We Promote Social Sustainability

Local Hotel Staff

Teaching hotels will aim to employ only local residents as full time employees. This can be a gradual process as more locals are trained.

Local School Staff

Hospitality schools will employ only local residents as education center teachers and hospitality trainers.

Local Goods

The hotel will operate with the goal of 100% of it’s goods locally sourced. This can be a gradual process as more local businesses are sourced.

Community Education

Free English classes and low-cost business management classes will be offered to local community members.

Youth Outreach Programs

Workforce readiness and hospitality training classes will be offered to high school students.

Microloan Incentives

Microloan recipients will be encouraged to meet specific socially and environmentally sustainable criteria to qualify for partial loan payment forgiveness.

Buy Local

Play Local

Stay Local

Tourism Business Financing:

We strive to increase the number of locally owned tourism businesses by providing a low-cost financing option for entrepreneurs that would otherwise not qualify for traditional financing. We offer microloans to locals that wish to start a new tourism business or expand an existing tourism business. Applicants without prior education must complete REAL Tourism Development’s hospitality management training program or business management community courses to ensure successful management of their new or expanded business. We also reward participants whose businesses meet specific socially and environmentally sustainable criteria by offering partial loan payment forgiveness.

University Scholarships:

We can promote local management and ownership positions in the tourism industry by offering a formal education to students who would not otherwise be able to attend university. Each year we will provide one full-ride university scholarship to a local high school student pursuing a degree in Tourism or Hospitality. Preference will be given to students that participate in REAL Tourism Development’s youth outreach program, those that plan to stay in their home country to build their career in tourism, and those most in financial need, as well as to females who historically have lower rates of higher education and employment.

Hospitality Training Centers

We combat unemployment and the lack of qualified local applicants for hospitality positions in developing countries with our hospitality training centers. These centers for at-risk youth and disadvantaged community members will equip graduates for employment in high-paying luxury hotels. Training centers will be part of an operating hotel to provide both formal classroom education as well as practical training and apprenticeship on location. Students will be selected based on need, with a preference given to females due to their higher rates of unemployment. Students will select a program from the areas of housekeeping, restaurant service, culinary, or hotel management. Graduates will be provided with a paid internship at a major high-end hotel, and with assistance finding employment after the internship. And as a nonprofit teaching hotel, all profits go directly into the community to improve their quality of life.