Some Evidence for Tourism Alleviating Poverty

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Jiang, Min, DeLacy, Terry, Mkiramweni, Nickson and Harrison, David (2011) Some Evidence for Tourism Alleviating Poverty. Annals of Tourism Research, 38 (3). pp. 1181-1184. ISSN 0160-7383 (print), 1873-7722 (online)


Tourism is an important economic sector for many developing countries (Mitchell & Ashley, 2010). This is especially true for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with limited alternative development options. Although ‘pro-poor tourism’ (PPT) has been widely supported by practitioners across the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international and bi-lateral aid agencies, governments, and non-governmental organizations, the research community has been debating on the effects of tourism on development (Sharpley & Telfer, 2002) and poverty alleviation (Mitchell & Ashley, 2010) for years. While the PPT approach has received many criticisms (Harrison, 2008) due to the deficiency in systematic analysis of the relationship between tourism and poverty reduction and empirical evidence on how tourism contributes to alleviating poverty, some researchers have been making efforts in collecting empirical evidence on this issue (Mitchell & Ashley, 2010). This note presents some evidence that tourism enhances human development and reduces poverty in SIDS by analyzing the correlations between tourism intensity and several human development indicators.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/j.annals.2011.03.008
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Tourism and Services Research (CTSR)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > SEO Classification > 9603 Climate and Climate Change
Keywords ResPubID24066, poverty mitigation, economic development, developing countries
Citations in Scopus 36 - View on Scopus
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