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Rethinking and reconceptualizing social and cultural issues in Southeast and South Asian tourism development

Sofield, T.H.B. (2000) Rethinking and reconceptualizing social and cultural issues in Southeast and South Asian tourism development. In: Michael Hall, C. and Page, S., (eds.) Tourism in South and Southeast Asia. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group, pp. 45-57.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780080519425
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Abstract

The rapid growth of tourism in Asia in recent years has generated concern about the sociocultural, economic and environmental impacts on Asian societies and communities. Until recently, most commentary was from a Western orientation assuming tourism as Caucasian with impacts perceived through Western values. In some Asian destinations, such as Thailand, Malaysia and China, their Asian visitors greatly outnumber Caucasian visitors and domestic tourists greatly outnumber international visitors. In short, tourists are not homogenous yet many analyses are based on Western perceptions of Western tourists impacting upon Asian societies and purport to cover the entire canvass of tourism in Asia, when in fact they will provide only a partial and segmented assessment.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/50706
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