nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2020‒11‒30
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Do tar roads bring tourism? Growth corridor policy and tourism development in the Zambezi region, Namibia By Linus Kalvelage; Javier Revilla Diez; Michael Bollig
  2. Safe and seamless travel and improved traveller experience: OECD Report to G20 Tourism Working Group By OECD

  1. By: Linus Kalvelage; Javier Revilla Diez; Michael Bollig
    Abstract: There are high aspirations to foster growth in Namibia's Zambezi region via the development of tourism. The Zambezi region is a core element of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), a mosaic of areas with varying degrees of protection, which is designed to combine nature conservation and rural development. These conservation areas serve as a resource base for wildlife tourism, and growth corridor policy aims to integrate the region into tourism global production networks (GPNs) by means of infrastructure development. Despite the increasing popularity of growth corridors, little is known about the effectiveness of this development strategy at local level. The mixed-methods approach reveals that the improvement of infrastructure has led to increased tourism in the region. However, the establishment of a territorial conservation imaginary that results in the designation of conservation areas is a necessary precondition for such a development. Despite the far-reaching territorial claims associated with tourism, the benefits for rural residents are limited.
    Date: 2020–11
  2. By: OECD
    Abstract: The report on seamless travel and improved traveller experience considers the concept and scope of seamless travel, the international policy context for its further development, and issues and good practice in four key areas: i) Visa requirements and acquisition; ii) Digital traveller identity and biometrics; iii) Multi-modal transport and connectivity; and iv) Visitor handling, information and management. Based on the findings and analysis, it presents a set of key conclusions and guidelines for action, for the attention of G20, OECD and other countries, and relevant international organisations. The report’s Guidelines for Action on Safe and Seamless Travel were adopted in the Diriyah Communiqué of the 2020 G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting.
    Keywords: biometrics, connectivity, digital traveller identity, last mile, multi-modal, seamless travel, smart tourism, tourism, transport, travel mobility, visa facilitation, visitor handling
    JEL: Z38
    Date: 2020–11–18

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