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Tourism As A Driver for Promoting Gender Equality and Participation of Women in the Labour Market: A Case Study of The Domestic Tourism Industry in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Gomes, T. and Blake, A., 2020. Tourism As A Driver for Promoting Gender Equality and Participation of Women in the Labour Market: A Case Study of The Domestic Tourism Industry in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Issues (JOHTI), 2 (2), 178-189.

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Abstract

Bangladesh has the highest overall ranking in Asia for gender equality (World Economic Forum 2017). The tourism industry is frequently promoted as a global driver for the economic empowerment of women (UNWTO 2010). The aim of this research is to examine if a gender gap exists in the domestic tourism industry in Cox’s Bazaar. Bangladesh has a large domestic tourism sector centred on the Cox’s Bazar district. This paper analyses labour market participation by female and male residents of Cox’s Bazar in the (i) hotel and (ii) restaurant sectors. A mixed methodology approach is employed. Quantitative techniques are used to analyse gender differentials in labour market participation. A qualitative approach using interviews is used to identify factors contributing to the gender gap. The results of the research indicate low levels of representation by women in workforce in the hotel and restaurants sector. The research indicate that the key causes of this gender gap are social norms, the concept of gendered spaces, harassment in the workplace and lack of access to training opportunities. This research aims to contribute to knowledge relating to the gender dimension of tourism and the relationship between the tourism industry and gender equality in Bangladesh.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:JOHTI is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Tourism Cox’s Bazar ; Gender inequality ; Female economic empowerment
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:35735
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:07 Jul 2021 09:06
Last Modified:07 Jul 2021 09:06

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