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Tourism & poverty alleviation

Track chairs: Professor Adam Blake, Bournemouth University, and Professor David Harrison, Middlesex University.

The effects of tourism on poverty, as a distinctly different subject of research to tourism and development, has its roots in the pro-poor tourism research agenda in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and has been implemented by the UNWTO (the Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty programme) and has gained importance in tourism programmes through the World Bank, the International Trade Centre and other international organisations.

While the early evidence on tourism and poverty, through Pro-Poor Tourism and ST-EP case studies, concentrated on the incomes earned by poor households, the role of mass tourism has been relatively neglected. Nevertheless, while tourism is able to move households out of poverty, the academic literature demonstrates that, at the macro level, this does not necessarily occur and, indeed, that the incomes of poor households might be negatively impacted by rising prices, costs and (real) exchange rates. This theme includes the following topics:

  • The effects of tourism on poverty alleviation,
  • Case-studies of poverty alleviation,
  • Theoretical and practical aspects of using value chain analysis,
  • Evaluation of tools and mechanisms by which tourism can lead to poverty alleviation,
  • Implementation of pro-poor tourism policies.

Call for papers

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2017
  • Confirmation of acceptance: 30 June 2017
  • Last date for early bird registration: 14 July 2017
  • Deadline for registration: 18 Aug 2017

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