Tourism and Inclusive Growth in Small Island Developing States

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‘tourism cannot simply be treated as an economic force that can be left alone to deliver its rewards’ – UN World Tourism Organization

Tourism is a crucial source of employment, foreign exchange and revenue for most small island developing states (SIDS) and many other small states.

This report explores the key issues concerning how tourism might facilitate inclusive growth. It provides detailed analysis of both the direct and indirect channels through which the gains from tourism are achieved, and the existing gaps that prevent a fuller capturing of forward and backward multipliers.

Using robust statistical data from Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles and other small states, the study also examines land-based and cruise tourism operations and explores how local supply chains could be enhanced. The two key overarching recommendations – improving data collection and promoting niche markets – serve both as rallying points for policy action and as points of focus for partnerships.

Valuable reading for policy-makers looking to maximise the contribution of tourism to the economy, as well as international development agencies and students of tourism studies.



Foreword and Acknowledgments

Small states face a unique set of development challenges posed by their small size, narrow production and export bases, and susceptibility to climate change impacts. These factors infl uence and shape policy responses and the approach these countries take to address their sustainable development concerns. With over half of Commonwealth members comprising small developing states, the Commonwealth Secretariat has extensively researched their peculiar development challenges and helped countries explore the available opportunities for enhancing their development outcomes. Sustainable and inclusive economic growth is seen as an important plank in the strategy for achieving improved development outcomes for these countries. Due to their geographical location, the tourism sector in many of these countries plays a signifi cant role, contributing to economic activity including government revenue and employment.


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