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Title: Contribution of Tourism to Micro- and Small-Enterprise Growth
Authors: Mshenga, P. M.
Richardson, R. B
Njehia, B. K.
Birachi, E. A.
Keywords: Coastal Tourism
Micro and Small Enterprises
Business Growth
Economic Development
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2013
Publisher: Egerton University
Abstract: Tourism is an increasingly important economic sector in many developing countries. In Kenya it represents the second greatest contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) after agriculture. Data from a survey of 449 micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in coastal Kenya were used in a modified Evans Growth Model to examine the contribution of tourism to the growth of farm and non-farm MSEs. We also examine the influence of entrepreneur and business characteristics on the growth of farm and non-farm MSEs along the Kenyan Coast. Age of the business, business income, marital status, number of employees, and form of business organization were found to significantly influence MSE growth. Tourist spending and activities were also found to have a significant effect on the growth of MSEs. The results have implications for the role of tourism in economic development, small business growth and poverty alleviation.
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