Informal microfinance institutions and development-led tourism entrepreneurship

Ngoasong, Michael Z. and Kimbu, Albert N. (2016). Informal microfinance institutions and development-led tourism entrepreneurship. Tourism Management, 52 pp. 430–439.



This paper explores how informal microfinance institutions (IMFIs) support development-led tourism entrepreneurship through providing microcredit and development opportunities to small tourism firms (STFs), as well as undertaking communitarian projects and outreach activities that promote the business activities of STFs. Drawing on resilience and social capital as central concepts, the paper argues that the form of collective action found in IMFIs can be examined to understand their impact on development-led tourism entrepreneurship. Using Cameroon as a case study important policy challenges in destinations where regulatory constrains cause many STFs to become dependent on IMFIs as opposed to formal (regulated) financial institutions in development-led tourism are highlighted.

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