The UN Millennium Development Goals, tourism and development: the tour operators' perspective

NOVELLI, MARINA and Hellwig, A. (2011) The UN Millennium Development Goals, tourism and development: the tour operators' perspective Current Issues In Tourism, 14 (3). pp. 205-220. ISSN 1368-3500

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Abstract

The widespread perception of tourism as a development tool in the developing world has propagated, with many seeing tourism as a means of contributing to the UN Millennium Development Goals (UN-MDGs). While this remains a credible assumption, current literature offers a rather limited set of empirical studies to support it. This paper contributes to this body of knowledge by focusing on an assessment of tour operators' awareness, which is an important actor in the implementation of policies and potential contribution to the achievement of the UN-MDGs. By using key literature on tourism and development and Namibia as a representative context, the research identified that while a number of tour operators were oblivious to the existence of the UN-MDGs, there was a general consensus on their individual role and impact in contributing especially towards the UN-MDG I - extreme poverty and hunger eradication. While in theory, all the tour operators surveyed appeared to make specific contributions towards many of the UN-MDGs, with the exception of goals IV and V; in practice, the need for clarifying their role as facilitators of development, possibly through the identification of focused initiatives and guidelines at a microlevel, became evident.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:UN Millennium Development Goals; poverty eradication; tour operators; local development; Namibia
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L312 Travel and Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N860 Tourism Management
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1080/13683500.2011.555523
Faculties:Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Service Management
Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Service Management > CENTOPS
Faculty of Education and Sport
ID Code:8408
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:23 Mar 2011 13:11
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