Putting leakage in its place: The significance of retained tourism revenue in the local context in Rural Uganda
Article first published online: 1 OCT 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 124–136, January 2010
How to Cite
Sandbrook, C. G. (2010), Putting leakage in its place: The significance of retained tourism revenue in the local context in Rural Uganda. J. Int. Dev., 22: 124–136. doi: 10.1002/jid.1507
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 1 OCT 2008
- UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council. Grant Number: PTA-036-2002-00009
It is often argued that leakage of tourism revenue results in minimal economic benefits for host communities, particularly in rural areas of developing countries. However, leakage studies often employ flawed methods, and rarely compare retained revenue with other sources of income to such areas, which can be limited. This paper estimates these values for gorilla tracking tourism at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Leakage was over 75%, but retained revenue was nevertheless greater than all other sources of revenue to the area combined. It is therefore argued that tourism can be highly significant in the local context despite considerable leakage. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.