Why STD is More Significant in Developing Countries than Developed?

Why STD is significant for the economic development of developing countries than that of developed?

Wood (2007) demonstrated that tourism is a powerful potential tool for economic development in lesser developed countries (LDCs).

As quoted by Wood (2007:159), gross revenues from the tourism industry increased 154% per year1990-200 in LDCs, more than double the rate of tourism growth in developed nations.  

‘It is the only service sector that provides concrete trading opportunities for all nations regardless of their level of development and the number one source of exchange for LDCs aside from petroleum (Dias,2000)’.

Luvanga, N. and Shitundu, J. (2003) state:

Tourism is an important opportunity to diversify local economies. It can develop in poor and marginal areas with few other export and diversification options. Accordingly remote areas, particularly, attract tourists because of their origin, cultural, wildlife and landscape value. Thus, poverty may be reduced as tourism creates new employment opportunities and income generating activities. Sometimes the infrastructure and social service facilities are established or improved using earnings from tourism. Using such facilities the poor not only improve their incomes but also their social wellbeing and capabilities. (NB. Blockedly quoted)

Even the role of tourism might be more than this if it was properly managed and sustainably developed taking the local community equal participation and benefit in to account.

Nevertheless, tourism has never been given a due respect and viewed as a serious development derives like agriculture or manufacturing industries by many of the governments of LDCs.

Academic resources

Harris, R.,Griffin T., and Williams, P.(2002) Sustainable tourism A global perspective. Elsevier Ltd.

Higman, J. (2007) Critical Issues in Ecotourism. Elsevier Ltd.

Mowforth, M., and Munt, I. (1998) Tourism and Sustainability. London: Routledge.

Richards, G., and Hall, D. (2000) Toursim and Sustainable Community Development. USA and Canada: Routledge.

Waver, D. (2006) Sustainable Tourism: Theory and Practice. Elsevier Ltd

WTO. (1998) Guide Line for Local Authorities on Developing Sustainable Tourism

Luvanga, N., Shitundu, J. (2003) The Role of Tourism in Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania, Research Report No. 03.4 [www document] http://www.repoa.or.tz/documents_storage/Publications/Reports/03.4_-_Luvanga_Shitundu.pdf (accessed 28/09/2010)

 These academic sources are so relevant as they address and tackle most of the issues and matters (both theoretical and practical aspects) related to sustainable tourism development and are of good quality and reliable since they are published by recognized publishers.

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