Conceptualisations of sustainable tourism development: an examination of the distance between ideology and local desires

TAYLOR, F., 2008. Conceptualisations of sustainable tourism development: an examination of the distance between ideology and local desires. In: Research Student Seminar Series, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, 27 February 2008, Luton.

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Abstract

This research seeks to resolve academic concern for the limited insight within existing bodies of knowledge in terms of how Sustainability and Sustainable Tourism Development is conceptualised at a grassroots level; by the stakeholders and more specifically the inhabitants of the Tourism destination (Redclift, 1987; Liu, 2003; Swarbrooke, 1999; Mowforth and Munt, 1998). The research was driven by the aim to evaluate power relationships and conceptualisations of sustainability upon post-disaster Tourism redevelopment using the case study of Koh Phi Phi Island in Thailand which was devastated by the Asian Tsunami of December 2004. An interpretive philosophy informed the research design in which primary data was gathered throughout the period April 2006 to December 2011 using a mixed methods approach. These methods included the use of online and offline techniques. Online research comprised the design and operation of a tailored website which was used to overcome geographical and access limitations. Offline methods included the use of visual techniques to monitor change over time, in depth face to face interviews with stakeholders of Phi Phi's development, open ended questionnaires with tourists on the island and extended answer Thai script questionnaires. It was found that the greatest influencing factor within Phi Ph's development is the desire to develop the economy through Tourism and the philosophy underpinning the island's development pattern is largely economic.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Taylor, F.
Date: 2008
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:11
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:21
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9146

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