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Areas of Action

Tourism as a tool to fight poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tourism can be an important source of job creation and social and economic inclusion. The IDB supports projects that channel visitor spending and related investments into activities that boost income of the poor and allow them to improve their quality of life.

The IDB invests and provides technical assistance for large–scale tourism projects that involve the poor in their value chains; employ and support enterprises ran by the poor, and invest in infrastructure that benefit the poor in the planned destinations.

The IDB, together with the Multilateral Investment Fund, supports training for communities, tourism operators as well as micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to expand their knowledge of business administration and marketing, and improve the quality of goods and services provided to tourists. The Bank also supports technical cooperation to promote community-based tourism networks and the participation of communities as suppliers of tourism inputs.

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