Travel philanthropy and sustainable development: the case of the Plymouth–Banjul Challenge

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Novelli, Marina, Morgan, Nigel, Mitchell, Geri and Ivanov, Konstantin (2015) Travel philanthropy and sustainable development: the case of the Plymouth–Banjul Challenge Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 14 (6). pp. 824-845. ISSN 0966-9582

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Abstract

Travel philantrophy is an evolving phenomenon. It owes its origins to rising frustrations with conventional aid and traditional philanthropic giving and is seen as development assistance enabling resources to flow directly from the tourism industry into community development and conservation initiatives. Philanthropists have long sought to achieve social transformation and travel philanthropy in all its forms has evolved through the democratization of charity, as a kind of ‘doing good’ through ‘giving back’ whilst travelling. This paper evaluates values, practices and impacts of traditional, modern and post-modern philanthropy. Drawing upon evidence emerging from a longitudinal study, which involved the retrospective evaluation of personal diary entries, participant observations and semi-structured interviews about the transcontinental Plymouth-Banjul (car) Challenge (PBC), it exemplifies how an initiative can evolve across all three philanthropic approaches. It further debates critical understandings of the problematic travel philanthropy concept and its role in stimulating sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sustainable Tourism on 11/11/2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09669582.2015.1088858
Uncontrolled Keywords: aid; charity; social entrepreneurship; social justice; sustainability; travel philanthropy; The Gambia.
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N840 International Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N860 Tourism Management
N000 Business and Management > N500 Marketing > N580 Tourism and Travel Marketing
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L312 Travel and Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L330 Ethnic studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N216 Entrepreneurship
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L391 Sociology of science & technology
L000 Social Sciences > L600 Anthropology > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L360 Socio-economics
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/09669582.2015.1088858
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2017 09:39
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14503

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