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.



The Indirect Impact of Tourism

The previous two chapters presented the main direct channels through which tourism impacts upon SIDS and small state economies. We noted signifi cant impacts and gave supporting evidence. This chapter examines the indirect channels. While there is evidence relating to direct channels, there is often a paucity of data concerning indirect channels in SIDS; however, appropriate examples are used here where possible. In terms of reliable and usable data, the WTTC publishes disaggregated data that it has collated into direct, indirect and induced categories. WTTC material is used here where appropriate.


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