A TOUR WITH A MISSION TO KENYA
Women and Sustainable Development using tourism as a tool to eradicate poverty at the grass root level.
Philadelphia Safaris is a unique tour company whose special programmes are to advocate for women on the pro-poor subject and advocating for poverty in the tourism agenda.
Philadelphia Safaris seeks to address pro-poor tourism deeply in this
era. Evidence shows that growth alone is not sufficient to stop the
marginalization of Africa and to improve the standards of living of
its inhabitants. What is necessary for poverty reduction
is a strategy of pro-poor growth in which economic growth is
combined with reductions in inequality.
From the analysis of the tourism industry and through the evidence
shown by case studies conducted by various institutions in the last
few years, it seems clear that tourism has great potentialities for
poverty reduction purposes.
As an industry, it is labor-intensive; it is less vulnerable than
traditional sectors; it is noncyclical; it has a catalytic effect on the
rest of the economy; it has lower barriers to entry and creates
better and more gender concerned jobs than most sectors. More
important: being built on natural and cultural assets and consumed
onsite, it can reach the poor in rural areas where poverty is harsher.
Philadelphia Safaris desires to fully assess the potentialities of
tourism for pro-poor growth and focusing on people’s livelihoods,
the issues of distribution, and how poverty concerns could be
embedded into mainstream tourism policy making.