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close this bookSustainable Tourism and Poverty Elimination (UNED-UK, 1999)
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View the document1. Introduction
close this folder2. How to develop partnerships
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View the document2.1 Framework for policy development
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View the document2.5 Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
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close this folder3. The role of certification, incentives regulation
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View the document6.1 The UN commission on sustainable development should:
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2.5 Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

SMEs make up around 90% of all tourism industries globally. Local communities need greater provision to be allowed to foster the growth of SMEs and tourism offers one approach for such development. To develop further SMEs will require greater inputs in terms of capital and skills e.g. marketing and technical expertise. National Tourism Boards need to engage with promoting SMEs using mechanisms such as micro-credit schemes to promote them further. The promotion of more market-mixed tourism developments, which target the smaller scale hotels would encourage the growth of a more indigenous ownership. This, in turn, would provide greater support for the local economy.

It appears to be easier to hold SMEs more locally accountable than larger enterprises. More transparency with regard to the actions of larger multinational businesses is needed. Maintaining a long term commitment by travel companies to a tourism destinations in necessary.