Value chain development of the cruise industry to stimulate sustainable regional development in port cities

MADE Student Project

With a lack of tourism management, the constant growth of the tourism sectorcan lead to uncontrolled development where areas are being invaded by mass tourism, causing multiple challenges within touristic regions. With the characteristic of cruise tourism that it brings large numbers of people to a city at set times, socio-economic and environmental impacts of the industry are intensified, creating a higher risk for irreversible damage.

Based on the above-stated problem statement and research objective, this thesis aims to contribute to the socio-economic status of the residents of Bonaire within the aim of a Blue Destination by answering the following research question: “What linkages can be established between the cruise tourism industry and the local community of Bonaire in order for cruise tourism to contribute to sustainable regional development?”

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