In this episode of the documentary series THE OTHER AMERICA we look at the extent to which tourism can have a major impact on the economic lives of the poor. It may look like one long holiday but the business of tourism is big and can have a major impact on the economic lives of the poor. It’s labour intensive so supplies lots of jobs and earns valuable foreign currency. Big resorts, backpacker tours, and developments designed to include the local communities are all part of the business. We look at these different faces of the industry in Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru to try to understand the potential of each one to change the lives of the poorest.
Part of a 5 x 25-minute documentary series produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.