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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations
-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor
---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016
-------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

International Labour Office, Geneva
October 2008

Working Paper
Reducing poverty through tourism [October 2008]
by Dain Bolwell and Wolfgang Weinz
[full-text, 66 pages]

The importance of tourism for job creation and poverty reduction cannot be
overestimated. Today, tourism is beginning to be recognized as a major source of
economic growth especially in poor countries. However, how at the same time it can be a
force for poverty reduction is the theme of this booklet.

This discussion will be useful to professionals working within the United Nations
system, to international aid organization staff, to Government, Employers' and Workers'
groups who are constituents of the International Labour Organization and people who
work for the ILO in regional and national offices, as well as for all those who are interested
in how to reduce poverty.

This booklet outlines the background to poverty reduction approaches and how the
ILO is involved within the context of decent work and the United Nations Millennium
Development Goals. Recent developments in tourism and a vision for an inclusive,
pro-poor tourism industry are summarized.

The central sections discuss the issues in detail including the industry's links with
other sectors. They provide a clear framework that correlates decent work with the
Millennium Development Goals in the context of tourism, as well as outlining ways to
mainstream pro-poor tourism in major strategies aimed at poverty reduction.
The final section is about how to prepare an actual project outline that can be used to
get involved in poverty reduction through tourism. The concept note gives examples
throughout that help bring alive the conceptual process.

I hope that this paper will stimulate and encourage ­ particularly ILO constituents and
staff ­ to help develop poverty reduction strategies in this key industry.

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