Backpacker Tourism and Economic Development

Hampton, Mark P. (1998) Backpacker Tourism and Economic Development. Annals of Tourism Research, 25 (3). pp. 639-660. ISSN 0160-7383 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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International tourism is often perceived by LDC (Less Developed Country) government tourism planners as an engine of economic growth, but the focus is commonly upon mass tourism whilst ignoring the sub-sector of backpacker tourism. The case study of Gili Trawangan island in Lombok, eastern Indonesia, indicates that the encouragement of backpacker tourism may alleviate some of the excesses of international mass tourism. Backpacker tourism is compared with conventional mass tourism, discussing the leakage of foreign exchange earnings, issues of local control, ownership and participation, and the political economy of who gains or loses from tourism in LDCs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: backpackers; budget tourists; small-scale tourism; socioeconomic impacts; island tourism; strategies; planning; Indonesia; Southeast Asia
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Mark Hampton
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2009 15:03
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 14:34
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