A Research Agenda for Tourism and Development
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A Research Agenda for Tourism and Development

Edited by Richard Sharpley and David Harrison

Tourism is integral to local, regional and national development policies; as a major global economic sector, it has the potential to underpin economic growth and wider development. Yet, transformations in both the nature of tourism and the dynamic environment within which it occurs give rise to new questions with regards to its developmental role. This Research Agenda offers a state-of-the-art review of the research into the tourism-development nexus. Exploring issues including governance, policy, philanthropy, poverty reduction and tourism consumption, it identifies significant gaps in the literature, and proposes new and sometimes provocative avenues for future research.
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Chapter 5: Travel philanthropy and development

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.

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