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Pro-poor Tourism Foundation (APTF) is a fully fledged
non-profit organization registered in the USA. Currently,
the organization has a Kenyan chapter which is based in
Nairobi, Kenya. The foundation seeks to use tourism as
a strategic tool to alleviate poverty, promote gender
equality, harness community conservation and intervene
in the reduction of transmission of HIV/AIDS through tourism.
We at APTF are guided by this slogan "Give the local community
a fish and you feed them for today, teach them how to
fish from the multibillion tourism industry and you feed
them forever" Tourism is the world largest growing industry
with no signs of slowing down in the twenty- first century.
The industry is helping the developing nations to earn
the badly needed foreign exchange of which Kenya is not
an exception. The job creation in Travel and Tourism is
growing one-and-half times faster than any other sector.
The travel and tourism industry is labor intensive and
it employs about 200 million people worldwide.
Pro-poor tourism is not another form of tourism as many
people tend to think, but it is an approach that seeks
to harness the raking of benefits by poor local communities
from the tourists' spending. Tourism plays a significant
part in contributing to balanced sustainable development
and generates benefits for the poor. The power of tourism
which is one of the most dynamic economic activities of
our time can be more effectively harnessed to address
the problems of poverty more directly. The benefits of
tourism should be widely spread in society and the local
communities should benefit from tourism development. Tourism
has emerged in this decade as a central pillar of the
services economy. It can uniquely help society respond
to global challenges if its growth is managed wisely,
with an emphasis on ethics, poverty alleviation, the particular
interests of developing states and sustainable development.
The dynamic past and projected growth of the tourism sector,
its broad direct and indirect impact across all economies
- particularly those of developing states - make it particularly
well suited as a development tool.
Tourism is particularly potent in economic terms in respect
of: job creation, investment attraction, foreign exchange
earnings, poverty alleviation and in social terms in respect
of: youth employment, community enrichment, gender equality
and cultural preservation.