Citizens Development Corps


In January 2008, Citizens Development Corps officially launched a new division called the Tourism Development Corps(SM). CDC has long been involved in tourism development through innovative programs that it has implemented throughout the world. Recognizing that the global travel and tourism industry has a powerful and multi-sectoral impact on generating employment, revenue and economic growth in developing countries, CDC has created TDC to provide ground-breaking services to the countries in which it works.

TDC’s mission is to utilize proven best practices in sustainable tourism development to provide training, technical and managerial assistance to individuals, small and medium size enterprises, regional and national governments, NGOs and other stakeholders. In doing so, TDC will provide a comprehensive set of tourism-development programs to support the creation of economic opportunities, prosperity, and national wealth.

The traditional misconception holds that tourism is merely large hotels and cruise ships. In fact, tourism’s impacts extend to a broad range of local businesses in urban and rural areas including small family-run farms, construction firms, transportation businesses, handicraft micro-enterprises and cooperatives, restaurants, small hotels, and far more. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the broader travel and tourism industry accounted for 10.4% of global GDP growth, and generated 215 million new jobs in 2007.

TDC’s philosophy is driven by the power of tourism to foster economic development in many emerging markets and transitioning economies, and to benefit a broad cross-section of the population.

Together with our implementing partners, TDC targets the following sectors, services and products across the value chain of tourism. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Hospitality (hotels, restaurants, cafes, B & Bs, catering)

  • Access to Finance

  • Financial Management

  • Agriculture

  • Travel and Tour Operators

  • Sites and Attractions

  • Handicrafts/Souvenirs

  • Agro- & Eco-tourism

  • Infrastructure

  • Government

  • Local/Regional Economic Development

  • Education

  • Supply Chain Management



Tourism provides a unique vehicle to spread prosperity, economic growth and opportunity, and environmental and cultural awareness in developing countries and emerging and transitioning economies.

Michael Levett, CDC President
- at the 3rd IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism

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