In the past few decades, an impressive amount of
tourism and development literature has emerged under
terms such as pro-poor tourism, sustainable tourism,
responsible tourism, ethical tourism or ecotourism.
Numerous models for analysis and compilations of best
practice deal with tourism’s poverty reducing impacts
on a micro-level. But analyses of macro contexts
have, at best, remained piecemeal. Based on his Ph.D.
research, the author Dr. Michael Grosspietsch offers
a first attempt to analyze tourism’s poverty-reducing
impacts in a holistic way for an entire country. He
develops a comprehensive methodology that borrows
from general development economics and international
relations, and conducts a differential diagnosis for
Rwanda. Interlarded with theoretical introductions to
current-day best practice in poverty reduction and
tourism as well as one of the most complete
presentations of the Rwandan development context,
this book is valuable reading material not only for
scholars and researchers but also for practitioners
in the field of responsible tourism.