Ulysses Foundation
Ulysses Foundation
Tourism for Development

Development is the process of social transformation that involves an accumulation and interplay of human, institutional and physical capital. This process enhances human  activity’s adaptation to the environment and its productivity. It encourages equitable and pro-active participation of citizens in shaping their societies, benefiting from resources and discussing future strategies, as well as strengthening their skills as individuals. Access to financial capital and sustainable economic growth can facilitate this process, which key factors are education, knowledge management and institutional development. 

Tourism can contribute to development, promoting the sustainable use of human, natural-cultural and physical resources which are idle or underutilized without compromising the well-being and progress of future generations. Tourism is a powerful instrument to increase knowledge, awareness and skills, and thus for personal achievement, full participation in society, and institutional development. 

The UlyssesFoundation and its members have accumulated invaluable knowledge and experience in Tourism as an Instrument for Development (TIDE) and there is a specialized TIDE Group doing theoretical and practical work in this area. The TIDE Group members have advised governments, the private sector and civil society in countless projects all over the world. They have organized conferences, seminars and courses dealing with matters of tourism for development, published articles and books on the theory and practice of tourism for development and coached institutions on how to carry out tourism policy programmes aiming to contribute to social and economic development.