Tourism in Developing Countries

Tourism is a key economic driver for many developing countries, and it is essential that all players are aware of positive changes in modern management, as well as participating in informed debate of the best strategies to be employed. This book focuses on many of the most important papers that have been produced over the last years, and will make a welcome and useful addition to the reference section of many university libraries. Academia is now more involved in development work, helping to create new models that provide structures which guide and support practitioners. This book contains an overview of academic thought, as well as being a repository of a great deal of useful data. Its contributors include some of the most distinguished in our industry, brought together in a format that will make their views accessible to many. While several papers focus on the theoretical, there are also a number of excellent discussions that identify practical management strategies, and at the same time underline the impact that a successful tourism industry has on local economies as well as being a catalyst for other areas of economic and social development. Subjects range from conceptual to the practical, and from local challenges to international issues. They also contribute to current economic, social and ethical debates. Unfortunately, while certain papers highlight success stories regarding Government support and public private partnerships, there is little mention of the negative impact of (all to common) unproductive Government interventions, local politicians who want to control their embryonic industry &ldquo,because the industry is still weak",, but have little to bring in the way of positive inputs themselves, or industries that have developed successfully, in spite of a lack of pro-active Government support. These are too often key factors that limit or hinder the development of tourism in developing countries.