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Inclusive Tourism Development

Journal article
Authors Regina Scheyvens
Robin Biddulph
Published in Tourism Geographies
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages 589–609
ISSN 1461-6688
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Pages 589–609
Language en
Keywords Inclusive development, inclusion, social integration, tourism, inclusive tourism, SDGs, refugees
Subject categories Business Administration, Human Geography, Social and Economic Geography


In the light of growing inequality globally, it is important to consider how to make tourism, one of the world's largest industries, more inclusive. This concern is set in the context of, first, the growing use of tourism as a tool for social integration in Europe, not least in relation to making refugees welcome, and second, new expectations in the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that development should be inclusive and that the Global North and the private sector will take more responsibility for this. We provide a definition and suggest elements of an analytical framework for inclusive tourism, and note where inclusive tourism sits in relation to other terms that engage with the social and economic development potentials of tourism. Elements of inclusive tourism are illustrated with reference to a range of examples from around the world. This illustrates how marginalized people might be ethically and beneficially included in the production and consumption of tourism. However, it also demonstrates how formidable the challenges are to achieve substantial social change through inclusive tourism given constraints both within the sector and in the wider political economy.

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