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1st Edition

Tourism and Poverty

ISBN 9780415996754
Published December 14, 2010 by Routledge
310 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Tourism and Poverty addresses a critical question facing many academics, governments, aid agencies, tourism organizations, and conservation bodies around the world: can tourism work as a tool to overcome poverty? This book is the first to present a focused description and critique of the issues surrounding poverty and tourism. Relying on a wealth of primary data on tourism, Regina Scheyvens supports her findings with novel case studies such as innovative partnerships between resorts and fledgling indigenous businesses in Fiji, Oxfam’s work to connect the agriculture and tourism sectors in the Caribbean, and difficulties in alleviating poverty in the Maldives despite the growth of luxury tourism. This book will challenge the way academics and tourism professionals understand the current and potential role of tourism in alleviating poverty.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Poverty and Tourism Unpacked  3. Tourism Entrenches Poverty  4. Poverty Attracts Tourists  5. Tourism Reduces Poverty: Tourism Industry Approaches  6. Tourism Reduces Poverty: Government Approaches  7. Tourism Reduces Poverty: Development Agency Approaches  8. Conclusion

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Regina Scheyvens heads the Institute of Development Studies at Massey University, New Zealand. Here she combines a passion for teaching about international development with research on tourism and development. In 2002 she published Tourism for Development: Empowering Communities, and she has written articles on themes such as backpacker tourism, ecotourism, and sustainable tourism.


"Tourism and Poverty is a welcome and timely contribution to the issue of poverty eradication and the role tourism can or cannot play in that endeavour. Scheyvens presents an intricate and balanced approach to the discussion but in the final analysis finds that tourism must work much harder and on a different footing if it is truly to reach what it purports to achieve. This book will undoubtedly change the way tourism planners and others approach their work and the basic thinking that underlies that toil."

Donald G. Reid, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph