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.



Local Tourism Supply Chains in Small States: Sharing Best Practice

This chapter gives an overview of tourism supply chains. It discusses supply chain management and identifi es existing local supply chains, who the main players are, what level of contribution is made along the supply chain, and the level of local supply and procurement along the tourism value chain. The economic linkages of tourism in small states are explored to reveal their extent and, in particular, the effect on the backward and forward linkages in the tourism sector. The chapter introduces this topic more generally before analysing tourism supply chain issues using case study material from Malta, 16 Seychelles and Jamaica. 17 Finally, the associated topics of niche products and services are examined.


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