Stimulating Rural Growth, Jobs and Income through Tourism

Key issues and policy options to promote productive, decent jobs in the tourism sector.

Hotels, Catering and Tourism (HCT) is one of the fastest growing sectors. It is highly labour-intensive and a valuable source of employment and income in rural areas, especially for those with limited access to the labour market, such as women, youth, and migrants. Sustainable rural tourism based on Local Economic Development and decent work can significantly support socio-economic development and poverty reduction.