Welcome to : a practical resource for people working in tourism & international development.

Tourism is often claimed to be the largest industry in the world, thus creating both opportunities and responsibilities. Tourism can make a positive difference – and it should. Tourism can bring great benefits to local communities but only if it brings sustainable livelihoods, employment or additional incomes.

The same approaches which have been developed to benefit the economically poor through tourism can also be used to benefit local communities. Pro-Poor Tourism is defined by its beneficiaries – not by the approach and methods used.

This website presents practical advice and examples from around the world, demonstrating how tourism can be used to benefit the economically poor – tourism can contribute to making "better places for people to live in & better places to visit."

This site is maintained by the Responsible Tourism Partnership