Economy

Hotel
© Robert Wenzel

Tourism is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economic sectors. Every eleventh job depends on tourism and within every third developing country tourism is the main source of foreign exchange. However, almost half of the people working in tourism work in the informal sector – without contracts of employment and social security – they might be taxi drivers, souvenir vendors or unregistered tour guides. Also, those who are formally employed graft in many cases under exploitative conditions: without paid overtime, little to no breaks and a lack of promotion prospects. No wonder, tourism statistically widens income inequalities in developing and emerging countries   in the long run. We therefore support tourism which reduces inequalities and enables a fair participation for the people.

Agritourism in the Caribbean

Erntestand auf den Bahamas
© Tony Tong
Caribbean islands have increasingly turned to tourism as a pathway for economic advancement, often to the detriment of other industries, particularly agriculture.

Paradise lost, regained: sold!

Ati Stamm auf Boracay
© Dr. Mary Kristerie Baleva
In the Philippines, the indigenous Ati of Boracay Island struggle to defend their land rights against unfettered tourism development.

The Dark Side of Life

Male City
© Jumanaa Shareef
For a long time, tourism in the Maldives was seen as a force for economic development. But today, only a c chosen few profit from the excessive tourism development on uninhabited islands.

From Volunteering to Voluntourism

From Volunteering to Voluntourism
© Brot für die Welt
Spending some time abroad and experiencing how people live in a different country is an impressive and very enriching experience. After all, travelling contributes to one’s education – and how much more so does a trip that offers insights behind the tourism scenes and makes authentic experiences possible. Commercial tour operators are also increasingly discovering the now lucrative business field travel and “help”. Development-related learning through intensive preparation and follow-up, effective child protection and cooperation at eye-level with local organisations are important criteria for effective and responsible volunteering. But as our research shows, these are far from standard in the sector.

Struggle on the streets of Nairobi

The market entry of the 'Uber' in 2015 has fundamentally changed the Kenyan taxi market. Three years later, taxi drivers struggle for higher pay and better working conditions.

“How was your stay at …?“

New applications and new ways of online communication and platforms bring opportunities and challenges for small tourism providers. Above all, reviews and so-called "user-generated content" can decide of small enterprices' sucess.

Making Rural Tourism Bookable

Technology expert Charles Mony (from the NGO 'Village Monde') announces the new booking platform 'vaolo.com', which aims to provide a free alternative for remote communities and local accommodations.

Falling Through the Net

Dr Foster has researched how Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) can support development of low income groups. Amongst other sectors, he looked at the tourism industry in Kenya and Rwanda. He elaborates to what extend small and medium tourism businesses profited from ICT …

Challenges and Opportunities

Booking plattforms offer many opportunities and challanges for suppliers in tourism. In the article, small tourism enterprices from global South share their experiences on online booking plattforms.
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