© 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.

Techno-disruptions and travel

On behalf of Tourism Watch, IT for Change analysed, how digital travel platforms and online travel agents are changing the value chain in India. The study sheds light on the effects for micro, small and medium enterprises such as owners of small hotels and homestays or tour guides in the …

Bridging the Digital Gap for Tourism Projects in Cambodia

Interaction between tourists and members of a community-based-tourism project in Cambodia
© Impact Explorer Cambodia

Most community based tourism initiatives in rural Cambodia do not have the necessary skills and conceptual understanding of the digital revolution taking over the tourism industry, yet. What kind of support do CBTs need to go online, stay online and bridge the digital gap?

Booking Platforms Disrupt Tourism Value Chains in India

Titelbild der Studie: Techno-Dispurtions in Travel and Tourism.
© Adobe Stock

How are booking platforms changing the tourism value chain in India? National players such as Oyo and MakeMyTrip dominate the market. A new study by IT for Change and Tourism Watch shows the effects on small tourism entrepreneurs in Manali and Jaipur.

Precious Human Rights

Bunte Surfboards an einer Mauer
© Abigail Lynn on Unsplash

Rika Jean-Francois is in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility at the ITB Berlin and on the Board of Directors of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Foundation. We spoke to her about the importance of LGBTQI* tourism to countries of the Global South.

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.

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