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Tourism can be used as a tool to reduce poverty in developing countries by giving locals the opportunity to be employed or indirectly participate in the tourism sector. The economic, environmental and socio-cultural values were compared in Costa Rica and icaragua in order to determine the variables that are the most effective in developing tourism in the third world. Data was collected from questionnaires given to tourists visiting these areas and by interviewing locals and tourism business managers and owners in the community. This information was used to analyze the expenses that affect tourism. This investigation focuses on how tourism helps to reduce poverty in Costa Rica and icaragua, and how the balance between attracting tourists and creating a low impact on the native cultures and environments can be maintained in Costa Rica and icaragua.

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Poverty Alleviation in Third World Countries through Tourism Development: A Comparison Study of Costa Rica and icaragua

Tourism can be used as a tool to reduce poverty in developing countries by giving locals the opportunity to be employed or indirectly participate in the tourism sector. The economic, environmental and socio-cultural values were compared in Costa Rica and icaragua in order to determine the variables that are the most effective in developing tourism in the third world. Data was collected from questionnaires given to tourists visiting these areas and by interviewing locals and tourism business managers and owners in the community. This information was used to analyze the expenses that affect tourism. This investigation focuses on how tourism helps to reduce poverty in Costa Rica and icaragua, and how the balance between attracting tourists and creating a low impact on the native cultures and environments can be maintained in Costa Rica and icaragua.