Tourism and Inequality

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Astor Ballroom II, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Julia Giddy, Fabian Frenzel
Chairs: Fabian Frenzel


The tourism-poverty nexus is an oft discussed and debated topic. Promises of tourism development, particularly in the Global South, are typically promoted on the basis of providing economic upliftment for poor communities. Tourism, has therefore, been integrated into local, national and regional economic development plans in many developing countries throughout the world. There have been many instances in which these development initiatives have demonstrated differing degrees of success in poverty alleviation. However, there are also numerous critiques on the real potential of tourism to reduce inequality, more broadly, and achieve real development goals. This panel seeks to discuss these issues by delving into some of the debates surrounding tourism, poverty and inequality. It hopes to attract participants from a range of backgrounds and with differing perspectives and expertise on the broad topic of tourism and geographies of inequality.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Fabian Frenzel University of Leicester 20
Discussant Julia Giddy University of Johannesburg 15

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