Romany communities open their homes to open tourists’ minds

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Romany is the collective term for an ethnic group originating from the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent, a group who traditionally live a nomadic lifestyle. The population of Roma people across Europe totals at roughly 9.8 million. However, the group has suffered consistent social exclusion and even persecution in Europe since the late 19th century. Hotel Gelem is a project which uses tourism as a tool to raise awareness and overcome racial tensions. Hotel Gelem invites visitors to stay in Romany communities. The name Gelem means 'I went on long roads' and is taken from the Romany hymn which…

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