Analyzing the Roles of Local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Sustainable Tourism: A case Study of Belize, Central America

Finnetty, Shaun (2000) Analyzing the Roles of Local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Sustainable Tourism: A case Study of Belize, Central America. Masters thesis, University of Belize.

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    Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) have become influential development actors in the developing world over the last two decades and are becoming increasingly involved in "sustainable" activities. However, there has been little attention given specifically to how NGOs impact sustainable development activities such as tourism and if the organizations themselves are sustainable. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis was to address this shortcoming in the development literature by undertaking a comprehensive study that analyzed the role of NGOs in the tourism sector in Belize. The research utilized a qualitative approach and employed descriptive survey techniques along with and extensive case study literature review to systematically delve into a cross-section of NGOs and tourism related issues. Various key informant within NGOs, government and international agency sectors in Belize were surveyed and their perspectives and opinions on NGOs and tourism sustainability were sought and analyzed. The research was theoretically influenced by action research in that the study provides baseline information for research subjects to inform and enhance their work and to possibly undertake investigative studies that would have both research and action outcomes. The research results shows that NGOs play a crucially important role not only in the tourism sector in Belize but in the development of the country in general. Sustainability concerns within the tourism sector, based on the interview responses, were primarily of socio-economic rather than an environmental nature. Furthermore, NGOs, while considered important development agencies in Belize, were also identified as being vulnerable due to financial and human resources constraints, lack of coordination and the inability to influence state policy on a sustained basis. Nevertheless, ideal tourism stakeholder roles in the educational and planning/policy realms were identified in the research

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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      Subjects: (F) People and the Environment > (FA) Environmental Health
      (F) People and the Environment > (FB) Resource Use
      (I) Socio-Economic Information > (IB) Economic Valuation
      (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (1) Environmental Research Institute
      Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 13:56
      Last Modified: 06 Apr 2018 13:56

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