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Coastal tourism and local impact at Ngapali Beach: Initial Findings.

Hampton, Mark P. and Jeyacheya, Julia (2014) Coastal tourism and local impact at Ngapali Beach: Initial Findings. Project report. University of Kent, Canterbury (KAR id:48677)


This short report summarises the initial findings of the scoping study carried out in Ngapali Beach, Rakhine State, Myanmar, during November 2014. From this scoping study, a few initial recommendations can be offered. Ngapali beach has – at present – a Unique Selling Point of its unspoilt beautiful beaches and low rise, unobtrusive hotel development with relatively small numbers of hotels and associated tourism infrastructure. At present it seems that the relatively low numbers of higher spending tourist in the area are having minimal negative social impacts, and significant positive impacts on the local host community.

Instead of permitting unrestricted mass tourism at Ngapali, our initial findings suggest that lessons can be learnt from the case of the Seychelles and adapted for the context of coastal Myanmar. We suggest a model we call ‘Seychelles Plus’ be explored, that is, an emphasis on an upmarket resort offer of four/five star hotels plus boutique hotels combined with strong and effective economic linkages to the local economy to benefit the host community.

Item Type: Reports and Papers (Project report)
Uncontrolled keywords: coastal tourism; tourism impacts; tourism planning; Myanmar; Rakhine State;
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Mark Hampton
Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 15:21 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 22:14 UTC
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