Development banks are rarely aware of independent concerns about
projects they have funded as they only hear from the project coordinators.
Coordinators evaluate themselves and rarely inform funders of
criticisms. If a project fails, recipients do not wish to incriminate
Consultants report to bank officials who may or may not qualified
in the realm of overseeing tourism development.
Said one respected colleague: "My work was more stressful
due to a bloody nitwit from a bank which has too much time and
money to throw away and yet no understanding of community-based
tourism. This person controlled my every move including prohibiting
a final stakeholders forum designed for problem solving and brainstorming,
since 'it was not their project'!"
Financial institutions ought to make the contract process or
the evaluation available in a reader-friendly format on the Web.
They should post in-depth project development reports and offer
access for stakeholders to comment about work in progress. Planeta.com
spotlights reports in our index
on international financial institutions and sustainable tourism.
HOW THE SUSTAINABLE TOURISM BANK WATCH WORKS
WHO IS INVITED? -- We welcome bank representatives and
who work with the banks, including owners of tourism businesses,
consultants, media, government and ngo officials and academics.
GUIDELINES -- Participants need to follow our forum
Industry Forum Recommends Donors Take Market-Based Approach to
the Eco-Cultural Divide - Alvin Rosenbaum
Certification and Marketing
Development Bank Sustainable Tourism Policies & Directions
Tourism Bank Watch Report - April 2005
Donor Community Makes Sustainable Tourism a New Priority
Bank Talking Points
of Sustainable Tourism In Furthering USAID's Mission
Tourism Bank Watch - November 2004
Andrew Mwenda: Let's take a new look at African aid - TED
approves $30 million loan for sustainable development program
for conservation of Guatemala's Mayan Biosphere Reserve
will promote strategic tourist destinations with program financed
by US$5 million IDB loan
approves $20 million loan to Costa Rica for sustainable tourism
in protected wilderness areas
Bank to develop new Tourism Account - TravelMole
MIF supports tourism development in Mexicos Tequila region - IADB
grants totalling $1.8 million will promote tourism to missions
in Guaraní World in Paraguay - IADB
fund to promote networks of ethnic enterprises in Honduran tourism
industry - IADB
Emerging Industry Forum
Trade and Environmental Effects of Ecolabels: Assessment and Response
responsible business increase competitiveness? - World Bank Group