Amy Scarth and Marina Novelli
Emerging from a relationship between philanthropy, travel and tourism, travel(lers’) philanthropy is effectively a form of aid in Africa (and elsewhere) of which the general level of understanding is extremely limited and the foundations of which to expand meaningful debates are arguably very weak too. This chapter presents critical research on the relationship between philanthropy, travel and tourism and explores the emerging concept of travel-related philanthropy, most widely referred to both in academic and industry material as ‘travellers’ philanthropy’ or ‘travel philanthropy’. Arguably a multifaceted and ambiguous term, accompanied by a theoretically nascent discourse, this phenomenon is discussed here primarily from an African perspective and contextualization. The ultimate purpose of this chapter is to provide food for thought on the fast evolving practice of travel philanthropy and, in particular, identifying, justifying and explaining future research needs and directions.