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Pro-Poor Tourism Strategies: Expanding Opportunities for the Poor

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This paper argues strongly in favour of using pro-poor tourism as an approach to poverty reduction. Reducing poverty requires ‘pro-poor growth’. Tourism, one of the world’s largest industries, is already growing or significant in most poor countries. Certain characteristics of tourism enhance its pro-poor potential. It can be: labour intensive; inclusive of women and the informal sector; based on natural and cultural assets of the poor; and suitable for poor areas.

Caroline Ashley, Harold Goodwin and Dilys Roe