Informal sector business tourism and pro-poor tourism: Africa's migrant entrepreneurs

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Debates about tourism and poverty and around 'pro-poor tourism' are at the forefront of current tourism scholarship in Africa. However, much of the existing body of African writings is focused upon questions relating to international leisure tourism. It is stressed that in light of the scale and importance of business tourism in contemporary Africa this oversight requires correction. This article highlights the existence of different forms of business tourism in sub-Saharan Africa and draws an important distinction between formal business tourism and an extensive segment of informal sector business tourism. The pro-poor impacts of informal variants of business tourism are explored through a review of available research. Informal sector business tourism is shown as the domain of migrant entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-161
Number of pages9
JournalMediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • Business tourism
  • Informal sector tourism
  • Migrant entrepreneurs
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Pro-poor tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)


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