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Sharing the tourism dollar: A comparison of community and for-profit tourism employee characteristics and theirremuneration levels at Lake Bunyonyi, Southwestern Uganda
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Nature tourism provides important employment opportunities in regions of Uganda that otherwise depend heavily on agriculture. However, local workforce is lacking financial and human capital necessary for capturing the benefits of the economic growth, the jobs offered to locals are limited, and there are discrepancies in remuneration levels to workers between different businesses. The findings from this study suggest that while the employees of community and for-profit tourism establishments at Lake Bunyonyi resemble each other, there is great variation in their salaries and the net direct pro-poor effect of the higher salaries remains unknown. On the other hand, nonmonetary gains, such as knowledge transfer, networking, and fringe benefits also possess potential for raising the levels of capitalisation in local communities, attributes that both conventional and community tourism approaches can offer. Businesses’ individual management and profit sharing practices may be of a greater importance in encouraging socioeconomic development than having been labelled as either of the two.

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Tourism, community, job allocation, income, economic development, Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi, econometrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255412DiVA: diva2:822055
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-16 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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