Despite conflicts and politics in developing countries, the generosity of the people and the beauty of nature always prevail. The potential for economic growth can be seen in a hiking trail, a mountain trek, a golden beach, or an alleyway in the old city. Those attractions and destinations are habitats for many people that farm, transport, trade, and work in handicrafts and foods. Focusing on the development of such destinations means more job opportunities and higher incomes for the communities that live there.
The development of the tourism sector in developing countries drives economic growth by contributing to employment, income generation, national output, and consequently, higher living standards. The economic impact of inbound tourism is multi-sectoral. It accelerates production at enterprises that sell food, services, transportation, entertainment, hospitality, and much more.
Leaders International adopts a value-chain approach that involves all stakeholders in collaborative planning and execution to enhance the competitiveness and attractiveness of a specific destination. It brings together the government, the private sector, and civil society to advance the full range of activities and responsibilities that ultimately facilitate visitor’s experiences and bring tourists’ attention to the national product.
SMEs, startups, and microbusinesses play an integral part in creating competitive solutions to visitors. Accordingly, we see great economic potential in developing their capacities and support their contribution to the tourism sector, which will also improve the livelihoods of communities that live around promoted destinations.
Through our capacity-building programmes, we lead innovation and development at tech startups, social enterprises, women cooperatives, tour operators, and manufacturers across the value chain. We also encourage the involvement of SMEs that work in alternative tourism, offer technological solutions, and target niche markets.