Friday, May 24, 2013
As part of the Urban Poverty and Local Economic Development series, I look at the generic costs and benefits of the tourism industry. The principal concern is the way in which cities are shaped by efforts to attract and control visitors, cities’ approach to tourism as a poverty reduction strategy and also as a mechanism to promote local economic development. Also in this series, attention has been given to the necessary conditions to facilitate this potential and how tourism development has evolved over the years. At the national and regional level, the contribution of tourism to GDP is immense (Paris Region, 2010), yet when the subject matter is narrowed down to the city level, several challenges and issues emerge. Subsequently, in this paper these issues in addition to the implication for planning and policies on urban poverty and local economic development are discussed.