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Dive tourism, communities and small islands: lessons from Malaysia and Indonesia

Hampton, Mark P.; Jeyacheya, Julia;
Open Access English
  • Country: United Kingdom
Coastal tourism is growing rapidly across South-East Asia, especially in small islands. Islands and coastal areas face significant issues of how to manage the rapid growth of tourism whilst retaining economic benefits for the local host community. First, the paper sets the context and charts the scale and significance of international dive tourism, especially in less developed countries. The paper draws upon extensive fieldwork in small island destinations in Malaysia and Indonesia and explores how to research this area and the particular practicalities of fieldwork. Next the paper analyses the main socio-economic impacts of dive tourism drawing upon findings pu...
free text keywords: GV, H1, HD28
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