This work aims at contributing to the scare literature on the social sustainability of the tourism sector in Africa by analysing the case of the integration of hotels in Mauritius. According to official statistics, there are presently some 7,157 families living in extreme poverty in 229 deprived regions. However, a high percentage of these deprived regions are located in the coastal areas, in the vicinity of Luxury Hotels and Integrated Resort Schemes (IRS) projects. The tourism sector cannot afford to conveniently forget their poor neighbours, or pretend not to see them. The primary objective of this work is to assess the present contribution of the tourism sector in favour of these vulnerable groups, evaluating its impact on the local community, and analysing the direction we need to move in the future. For this purpose, a mixed-method approach will be adopted, making use of both qualitative and quantitative data so as to have a complete picture of the situation and provide recommendations with regards to future moves. This study will provide an insight into the integration of the hotels and IRS in the local community, in their quest towards social sustainability.
|Keywords:||Social Sustainability, Mauritius, Hotels, CSR, Poverty|
Lecturer, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, La Tour Koenig, Pte Aux Sables, Mauritius
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