Dr. Joy E. Hecht

on travel
and tourism

In recent years I have expanded my work on environmental accounting and economics to address issues related to environment-based tourism. In 2004 I developed an analysis of the entry fee structure and revenue sharing for the tri-national Great Limpopo Transboundary Park in Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. I also worked on environmental tourism in Egypt, and contributed to the development of tourism satellite accounts for that country, which has been economically dependent on its visitors since antiquity. In 2006 I traveled to Mongolia to prepare a scoping study for the development of tourism satellite accounts.

In 2006-7 I prepared the first set of tourism satellite accounts for Jordan, and in 2011 led a team undertaking similar activities for the small Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More recently, in 2014 I carried out an evaluation of the USAID-funded Global Sustainable Tourism Alliance project, which developed biodiversity-based tourism activities in six countries worldwide, and advised teams in Madagascar studying willingness to pay for national parks-based tourism and carrying out tourist expenditure surveys to be used in the development of the country's first TSA. I am also a member of the World Tourism Organization's INROUTE expert network, a group that collaborates on issues related to the design of tourism satellite accounts.

Major papers resulting from tourism-related work include:

"Assessment of the Global Sustainable Tourism Alliance." Paper prepared for Ecodit, LLC, February 2014.

"Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Satellite Account: Technical Report." Prepared for the Commission of the European Community in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, November 2011.

"Implementation Plan for a Jordanian Tourism Satellite Account - Final Draft 13 December, 2007" Study carried out for the USAID Jordan Tourism Development Project. click

"Compiling a Mongolian Tourism Satellite Account: Phase 1." Study carried out for the USAID Mongolia Economic Policy Reform and Competitiveness project (EPRC). July 2006. click

“Egyptian Tourism Statistics and the Development of Tourism Satellite Accounts.” Study carried out for the USAID DATA Project, Ministry of Planning, Egyptian Arabic Republic. April 2005. click

"Methodological Note: Incorporating Nature in the Tourism Satellite Accounts." June 2004. Prepared for USAID/Cairo. click

"Strengthening Data to Build Competitiveness: Using Tourism and Environmental Satellite Accounts to Track the Egyptian Economy." June 2004. Paper Presented at the Conference on Revisiting Egypt’s Competitiveness: The Road Ahead for Building Leading Sectors, Conrad Hotel, Cairo, Egypt. June 28 and 29, 2004. click

"Revenue Sharing in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park" Prepared for the Joint Management Board, Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, through the USAID Great Limpopo Transborder Natural Resources Management Initiative. February 2004. click