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Dive Tourism and the Entrepreneurial Process in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Jeyacheya, Julia and Hampton, Mark P. (2016) Dive Tourism and the Entrepreneurial Process in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. In: Sustainable Island Tourism: Seasonality, Competitiveness and Quality of Life. CABI, Wallingford, pp. 135-152. ISBN 978-1-78064-542-1. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Dive tourism is a high growth, niche sector for island and coastal developing nations and is propelled predominantly by local tourism entrepreneurs and small businesses. This chapter examines dive tourism in peninsula Malaysia and particularly the factors influencing the entrepreneurial process. Much research on tourism entrepreneurs is derived from analysing business in the developed world, and has focused on the individual, not the process. Significantly less research exists for middle income and less developed countries despite the critical role tourism plays in national development planning. Similarly, a significant amount of dive tourism research has emerged from the science disciplines, but less so has originated from the social science community. This chapter contributes primarily to the initial knowledge gap by drawing upon extensive fieldwork interviews in the Perhentian islands. The findings broadly reveal dive tourism as a low cost industry that is transforming into a strategically competitive one. A more nuanced analysis reveals that the factors influencing the dive tourism entrepreneurial process are embedded within the social and historical context of Malaysia.

Item Type: Book section
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] The developmental impacts of international dive tourism in Malaysia: sustainable growth or drowning in development?
Uncontrolled keywords: dive tourism; tourism entrepreneurs; economic impacts; island tourism; Malaysia; less developed countries
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Mark Hampton
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 16:54 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58793 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hampton, Mark P.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1481-4665
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