publication . Article . 2008

Tourism Chains and Pro-Poor Tourism Development: An Actor-Network Analysis of a Pilot Project in Costa Rica

V.R. van der Duim; J.D.A.D. Caalders;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2008 Journal: Current Issues in Tourism, volume 11, issue 2, pages 109-125 (issn: 1368-3500, Copyright policy)
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
This paper analyses a pilot project in Costa Rica aimed to examine and improve the market linkages of 24 small-scale tourism initiatives to tour operators in Costa Rica and the Netherlands. It links pro-poor tourism and the concept of tourism chain to actor-network theory. The analysis shows that the tangible results in terms of pro-poor tourism of the project itself were meagre, as, initially, only three and later only one out of 24 projects was included in the tourism chain. However, the analysis of this project contributes to an increasing body of knowledge on how to make tourism work for the poor, in Costa Rica as well as elsewhere. It argues to move beyond ...
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free text keywords: Leerstoelgroep Culturele Geografie, Cultural Geography, MGS, Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, Geography, Planning and Development, Tourism, Tourism geography, Marketing, Network analysis, Actor–network theory, Linkage (mechanical), law.invention, law, Heuristics, Body of knowledge, Ecotourism, Business
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