Influenced and influential: the role of tour operators and development organisations in tourism and poverty reduction in Ecuador

ERSKINE, Louise and MEYER, Dorothea (2012). Influenced and influential: the role of tour operators and development organisations in tourism and poverty reduction in Ecuador. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 20 (3), 339-357.

Full text not available from this repository. (Contact the author)
Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2011.630470
Related URLs:

    Abstract

    This paper uses a comparative analysis of three differently funded and managed tourism projects in Ecuador to examine the use of a theoretical dimension in the study of tourism as a tool for poverty reduction. The key elements of Giddens’ structuration theory are tested by exploring actor's knowledgeability and reflexivity, and institutionalised interactions, leading to a discussion of the duality of agency and structure. Ninety-seven resident interviews, along with 28 expert stakeholders’ interviews were carried out, shedding light on the dense web of relations, interactions and structures in which poverty reduction tourism projects operate. The key ways in which tourism projects initiated and funded by development organisations differ from private sector-funded projects are uncovered. Short-term development organisation funding was found to be a serious problem, as was the lack of collaborative partnerships between the private sector and development organisations. Contrasting ideologies were found at agency and private sector levels, but were less pronounced at community levels. The paper deduces that development organisations are strongly influenced, and confined, by institutional structures, whereas tour operators’ freedom of action can be more effective in altering traditional tourism industry structures. All three projects demonstrate the duality of agency and structure to varying degrees.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: UoA26
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Service Sector Management
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2011.630470
    Page Range: 339-357
    Depositing User: Dorothea Meyer
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2012 08:38
    Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 16:59
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5998

    Actions (login required)

    View Item View Item

    Downloads

    Downloads per month over past year

    View more statistics