Improving global health: is tourism's role in poverty elimination perpetuating poverty, powerlessness and 'ill-being'?

Bauer, Irmgard (2017) Improving global health: is tourism's role in poverty elimination perpetuating poverty, powerlessness and 'ill-being'? Global Public Health, 12 (1). pp. 45-64.

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Abstract

The spectrum of challenges for public health in a global context is ever expanding. It is difficult for health professionals to keep informed about details of key issues affecting global health determinants, such as poverty. Tourism is seen as one strategy to eliminate poverty in developing countries and so improve global health, but the industry struggles with keeping its promise. Apart from often negative impacts on the well-being of local communities, it also turns out to be not as altruistic as it appears at first sight. Discourses largely focus on power and control of the non-poor over the poor despite all the rhetoric to the contrary. Economic aspects still dictate the debate rather than local people's understanding of well-being. Only with a major shift in the approach to local populations, acknowledging the communities' right to self-determination and accepting them as equal partners with access to genuine benefits, will this disturbing imbalance redressed and better health for more people possible. Public health professionals should question claims about the beneficial influence of tourism in poor regions and not lower their vigilance for poverty-related health problems, so that the poor are not overlooked when all other stakeholders are busy with their own agenda.

Item ID: 41376
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1744-1706
Keywords: tourism impact; community health; health inequalities; social structures and health; international aid and development
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 02:54
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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