Backpackers are good-value tourists

February 13, 1998

Governments in less developed countries often ignore the impact of backpackers on their economies, says Mark Hampton, a development economist at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Hampton is researching the impact of backpacker tourism in South-east Asia. Most of backpackers' expenditure goes directly into the local economy as they generally stay longer in a region than conventional tourists, stay in locally owned hotels and eat at local outlets.

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