Research for CEDARS

Tourism Research for Community Economic Development and Rural Sustainability (CEDARS)

British Columbia is a national leader of tourism innovation having 53 out of 205 of Destination Canada’s ‘Canadian Signature Experiences’, the vast majority of which are rural BC innovations. This presents a unique opportunity for linking tourism and rural sustainability. Tourism for Community Economic Development and Rural Sustainability (CEDARS) is a long-term research program which engages with a broad group of tourism stakeholders from across rural British Columbia to co-create sustainable tourism development. This program supports policy-making for a diverse BC rural tourism ecosystem which ultimately enables resilient rural communities.

The program has three central objectives:

1. assist regional partners in developing tourism for sustainable rural development;

2. engage in capacity building with the future leaders of BC tourism, and;

3. create a long-term alliance of BC rural tourism researchers for the benefit of BC communities.

This program examines a broad selection of cases from across rural British Columbia to gain a deeper understanding of how these communities have capitalized on the attractiveness of place to establish a more resilient local economy. In collaboration with a network of research colleagues across the province research will be developed with local community partners and students to co-create a state of the art knowledge environment for tourism and sustainable rural development in BC and to mobilize that knowledge across the BCRIC’s provincial, national and global networks.