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Autonomy found: Estimating the local benefit from tourism in SIDS – the Case of Cape Verde

Li, ShiNa and Mitchell, Jonathan (2016) Autonomy found: Estimating the local benefit from tourism in SIDS – the Case of Cape Verde Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 9 (2). pp. 182-200.

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Abstract

Tourism is an unusually important economic sector for the Small Island Development States (SIDS). Islands are the second most visited destinations after historic cities. The SIDS tourism is usually dependent on foreign investment and in the form of All-Inclusive (AI) system. Few studies have evaluated the economic impact of tourism on the economic development and/or poverty reduction of a SID using macro level data. And little research has used micro/firm level data to investigate the impact of tourism on the local economy of SIDS. This paper aims to evaluate the local benefits made from the development of tourism in SIDS, in particular the contribution of AI accommodation using the case of Cape Verde. It makes two main contributions: it makes the first attempt to use microeconomic data at the company level to examine the contribution of tourism in SIDS; it uses empirical data to examine the impacts of AI accommodation on the local economy. A semi-structured hotel questionnaire was applied to 13 accommodation managers and hotel owners, from small guest-houses to large 500 room All-Inclusive resorts in Sal, Boa Vista, Fogo, and Santo Antão. The results indicate that for destinations at an early stage in their development, large-scale AIs may be the most effective way to achieve the growth of tourism to the point that a critical mass is achieved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Hospitality & Tourism
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Li, ShiNashina.li@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Mitchell, Jonathanj.g.mitchell@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 14 December 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/19407963.2016.1261145
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events on 14 December 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19407963.2016.1261145
Uncontrolled Keywords : local benefits, all-inclusive, hotels, tourism in SIDS, Cape Verde
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Mar 2017 14:03
Last Modified : 05 Jul 2017 11:26
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813767

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