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AuthorUnited Nations Conference on Trade and Development
TitleTourism and Development in the Least Developed Countries
Imprint Geneva, United Nations. 2001
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Descript Main Document; 19 p. : tables; Annexes: 15 p. : tables


This background paper is aimed at facilitating the discussions that will be held by the participants in the high-level meeting on tourism and development in the Least Developed Countries, which is organized in the framework of the preparation of the Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries. It provides an overview of the importance of international tourism as a major or growing economic sector in more than half the LDCs and describes the catalytic impact of the sector on the economic development and efficiency of these countries. After reviewing the main advantages and disadvantages that affect the LDCs in their efforts to develop the tourism industry, the paper considers a range of desirable national policies and strategies and elements of a possible global plan of action, to develop beneficial and sustainable tourism activities in these countries. Subject to the achievement of durable socio-political stability and relevant investment in human capital and the physical infrastructure, tourism development appears to be one of the most valuable avenues for reducing the marginalization of the LDCs from the global economy

International Institute for Trade and Developement : UNCTAD CollectionUNCTAD/LDC/MISC.64/ADD.1CHECK SHELVES
International Institute for Trade and Developement : UNCTAD CollectionUNCTAD/LDC/MISC.64CHECK SHELVES

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