Community engagement in pro-poor tourism initiatives: fact or fallacy? Insights from the inside

Saito, Nozomi and Ruhanen, Lisa and Noakes, Steve and Axelsen, Megan (2017) Community engagement in pro-poor tourism initiatives: fact or fallacy? Insights from the inside. Tourism Recreation Research, 43 (2). pp. 175-185. ISSN 0250-8281


Abstract

Tourism’s economic impacts are considerable for many developing countries yet those most in need often benefit little from the tourism sector. As such, Pro Poor Tourism (PPT) has been advocated as a means of contributing to poverty alleviation. However, it is acknowledged that such projects may not succeed and this often occurs when PPT projects are not properly managed or when they are implemented without, among other things, appropriate community engagement and mechanisms for capacity development. Arguably the consultant has an important role; not only do they act as the intermediary between the PPT funding agencies and the local community, but they carry out the funding agency’s directives with regards to community engagement. Utilising the insights and perspectives of 17 tourism consultants engaged in PPT projects in developing countries, this study sought to explore the role/s of tourism consultants in PPT projects and their perceptions and experiences of the engagement of local communities in PPT projects. It was found that consultants were cynical of approaches to local community engagement and discussed issues of tokenism, inefficient frameworks and strategies for engagement, and a lack of political will to meaningfully engage local communities.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
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Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 00:32
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pro-poor tourism; consultants; community engagement; developing countries; tourism development
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350803 Tourism management
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350801 Impacts of tourism
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110402 Socio-cultural issues in tourism
11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110403 Tourism infrastructure development
11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110401 Economic issues in tourism
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02508281.2017.1406566
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43731

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