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REGIONAL STUDY ON THE ROLE OF TOURISM IN SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Report summary: In its resolution 62/3 of 12 April 2006 on the implementation of the Plan of Action for Sustainable Tourism Development in Asia and the Pacific, phase II (2006-2012) and the Regional Action Programme for Sustainable Tourism Development, the Commission requested the Executive Secretary to prepare and conduct a regional study on the role of tourism in socio-economic development. The study is meant to assist members and associate members of ESCAP in considering various measures for developing tourism in line with the Plan of Action by providing information on the impact of the tourism industry on the economy of the region and its social development.

The present document proposes a common approach to monitoring the implementation of the Plan of Action and concludes with a set of policy recommendations aimed at increasing the effectiveness of tourism for socio-economic development and poverty reduction.

REPORT CONTENTS
I. THE IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM IN THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC REGION
A. International tourism development
B. Intraregional travel
C. Importance of domestic tourism
D. Tourism and least developed countries
II. THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURISM
III. THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF TOURISM
IV. ASSESSING THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF TOURISM
V. TOURISM AND THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
VI. THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
A. Tourism ministries
B. Tourism plans
C. Empowerment of poor communities, property rights and development control
D. Legislation and regulations
E. Training, capacity-building and certification
F. Taxes and levies
G. Microfinancing and facilitating market access and linkages
H. Marketing
VII. THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR
VIII. ALLIANCES AND PARTNERSHIPS
A. Regional and subregional marketing alliances
B. Networks, clusters and ICT
IX. IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING OF THE PLAN OF ACTION
X. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Summary and conclusions
B. Recommendations for consideration
Annex. Suggested reporting format
Download the full report from 2007 here .

This article is quoted from Tourism ROY Newsletter published on 2010-04-15.

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