Opening the box? Tourism planning and development in Myanmar: capitalism, communities and change

Clifton, Julian and Hampton, Mark P. and Jeyacheya, Julia (2018) Opening the box? Tourism planning and development in Myanmar: capitalism, communities and change. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, . ISSN 1360-7456. E-ISSN 1467-8373. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is emerging from almost six decades of international isolation into a period of rapid economic growth. Following moves towards increasing democratisation since 2011, Myanmar’s tourism industry has been propelled from “tourism pariah” to rising “tourism star” and is experiencing an extraordinary growth in tourism arrivals with associated revenues and investment. The unique rapidity of Myanmar’s recent transition enables an examination of how contemporary forces of globalisation and neoliberalism determine the direction and mode of tourism development from its beginnings. We show how tourism is perceived by the national government as an engine for rural development, conservation and livelihood creation for poor and rural communities. We then demonstrate how this is re-shaped by a globalised tourism industry into a socially and economically exclusive model which capitalises upon weak governance and disempowered local stakeholders. We conclude with observations which may point towards a more sustainable and responsible tourism industry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: tourism planning; development policy; neoliberalism; economic development; Southeast Asia
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Mark Hampton
Date Deposited: 08 May 2018 11:25 UTC
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 12:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66943 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hampton, Mark P.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1481-4665
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