Community Development Through Tourism (Landlinks Press) by Sue Beeton

By Sue Beeton

Community improvement via Tourism examines the improvement of neighborhood groups in the course of the fit integration of group making plans, enterprise making plans and tourism making plans. It explores the main pertinent tourism and enterprise theories, relocating from strategic making plans to group empowerment and perform. Research-based case stories are used to demonstrate how issues paintings within the actual international, and the ways that a number of theories can and feature been utilized.

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As Hall notes: Despite concerns over undesirable social impacts, Australian governments have long held out hope that tourism might be a mechanism for the economic development of Aboriginal communities, particularly with respect to reducing Aboriginal unemployment (Hall 2003a, p. 285). Acculturation and social exchange are intricately intertwined with power and power relations in a community and those who influence it (tourists, commercial enterprises, governments and so on). We re-visit these elements in Chapter 4.

How these theories relate to communities as well as tourism Tourism operates in communities, whether they be spatially defined such as countries, cities and towns, or in terms of human interest and 46 Tourism theories and their relevance to communities activity. Therefore, all of the theories outlined above relate in some way to developing certain communities through tourism. However, few theorists considered tourism in terms of community until Peter Murphy began to look at this in the 1980s. While his work is widely cited, it has not been until the later part of the 20th century that the notion of community development through tourism (and its inherent problems) really comes to the fore.

1 outlines the range of these impacts in terms of the development, interactions and cultural impacts. The list does not judge whether the impacts are positive or negative or better or worse than each other, as they will often be both, for different people, or in different circumstances. In addition, the magnitude of the impacts will vary, depending on the rate of change in a community and its capacity (willingness) to embrace such change, as well as the actual community being considered. One of the issues with the negative elements of tourism development is that it is often not until after some time that the negative impacts become evident.

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