They wish to thank participants at the workshop on Tourism for Development held in Washington, DC in October 2010 for helpful feedback on an earlier version of this article. Paul Winters is grateful to the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the IDB for financial support for this research. The views expressed here are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the IDB or its member countries.
Assessing the Role of Tourism in Poverty Alleviation: A Research Agenda
Article first published online: 7 FEB 2013
© The Authors 2013. Development Policy Review © 2013 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 177–202, March 2013
How to Cite
Winters, P., Corral, L. and Mora, A. M. (2013), Assessing the Role of Tourism in Poverty Alleviation: A Research Agenda. Development Policy Review, 31: 177–202. doi: 10.1111/dpr.12002
- Issue published online: 7 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 7 FEB 2013
- first submitted March 2011; final revision accepted April 2012
- impact evaluation
Understanding the tourism-poverty link is critical if tourism is to be used as a mechanism for reducing poverty. Yet, the available empirical analysis is insufficient for this. This article proposes a research agenda for closing this gap in the literature. It argues that, while analysing the link poses peculiar challenges, models exist to do so. Second, it contends that the key question is not whether the link exists but under what conditions it is strongest. Finally, it maintains that the best way to analyse the link is to incorporate accurate diagnosis and evaluations into tourism projects, using the approaches and concepts of the literature on impact evaluation.