UNCTAD E-Tourism Initi...
  Helping developing countries to become autonomous  

Tourism is one of the main exports of the 50 least developed countries (LDCs). But at the same time, leakages (repatriation of profits) in this sector total up to 85 per cent in some African LDCs, more than 80 per cent in the Caribbean, 70 per cent in Thailand and 40 per cent in India.

In order to minimize leakages and to promote sustainable growth and poverty alleviation, it is now essential for tourism destinations and local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to increase their autonomy, and to include all tourism stakeholders.

To deal with this issue, UNCTAD has developed the e-Tourism Initiative, with the aim of helping developing countries, and particularly the LDCs, to make the most of their tourism potential.

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The central activities of the Initiative are partially funded by the regular budget of the United Nations. Additional resources are provided by bilateral donors within the framework of the Trust Fund.

Financial Contributions have been received from France, Germany, Italy and Portugal.

In-kind contribution  has been received from Canada (Quebec), through the secondment of an expert from its Ministry of Tourism.


E-Tourism: Opportunities for Developing countries

Highlights on "E-Tourism: Opportunities for developing countries"