Ethnic tourism refers to travelling to destinations for making intimate contacts with people and culture different from the travellers. Curiosity is the factor in ethnic tourism which is leading the tourist to experience different from their culture. The first-hand culture of the foreign location is experienced through such tours which generally include destinations with different culture and heritage. When utilized in a proper way such tourism can preserve the culture and heritage of the destination.
Many countries have destinations developed for ethnic tourism for facilitating economical and cultural development for conserving the heritage. Although there has been many destinations promoted for other type of tourism, ethnic tourism is less promoted. In ethnic tourism contribution is needed from government, tourism promoters, ethnic groups and travelers. It is also necessary to handle the various issues encountered during the development of such tourism destinations.
The development of ethnic tourism is essential for the financial and cultural development of destinations with heritages. While developing destinations for ethnic tourism care should be taken so that the local culture does not change with the advent of tourist in the place. Balancing the cross-cultural difference is essential for making the ethnic tourism destinations sustain.