This study aims to reveal the success of community empowerment based on sustainable tourism in Goa Pindul, Indonesia. This study adopted the interpretative phenomenological analysis approach to understand the village community empowerment process phenomenon. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine (9) research participants from the Goa Pindul tourism village community. The findings of this study indicated that tourism-based community empowerment is started with awareness-raising through socialization and community service, followed by capacity building through various needs-based tourism management training and the formation of tourism awareness groups that are given to manage their potential and evaluate their development. This tourism-based community empowerment is carried out while still paying attention to environmental and cultural sustainability in society's lives. Youth involvement is optimized to support sustainable tourism villages.


tourism village, interpretative phenomenological analysis, community empowerment village, community-based tourism

Author Bio(s)

Yudan Hermawan is a qualitative researcher and lecturer at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is interested in empowerment of tourism topics and has experience in tourism management. Please direct correspondence to yudan_hermawan@uny.ac.id

Sujarwo is a professor at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia and an expert in community learning technology. Please direct correspondence to sujarwo@uny.ac.id

Yoyon Suryono is professor emeritus at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and an expert in empowerment and human resource development. Please direct correspondence to ysuryo@uny.ac.id


The authors would like to thank Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, the manager of the Goa Pindul tourist village, all research participants, and all parties who have assisted in carrying out this research.

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