Monday, August 16, 2010

Tourism Development in Africa: Focus on Poverty Alleviation

This journal article examines the contribution of tourism in African Development with an emphasis on poverty reduction. The analysis focuses on the performance indicators in the economic factors, employment and government revenue. The paper projects tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy and underscores the fact that developing countries are attempting to cash in on this expanding industry in an attempt to boost foreign investment and financial reserves. Although the value of tourism has long been recognized, international attention to the role of tourism development especially in Africa is still lacking. The argument for tourism as a development strategy is primarily economic although ideals such as bringing increased understanding among peoples and cultures are invoked. Faced with civil wars, poverty, sanitation and other myriad of problems, Africa continuously faces the challenge of tourism marketing for various destinations against other competing regions such as Europe. Click here to access the full paper.

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