Tourism SMEs’ Contribution to development

This paper uses global value chains framework to examine the role and dynamic of small and medium sized tourism enterprises (SMEs), and the development prospects for countries within them. First, we review literature about tourism’s contribution to development. Second, the current configuration of global value chains in tourism industry is analysed.Third, we put forward the hypothesis that how the GVC approach can be used to study the role that tourism SMEs may play in the present context of globalisation. This may be a new way of analyzing the tourism´s contribution to the economic development and in particular, a new tool for the recognition of the significance of SMEs.

Pilar Moreno
Mª José Rodríguez
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