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Resilience and non-linear change in island tourism

Hamzah, A. and Hampton, M. P. (2016) Resilience and non-linear change in island tourism. In: Understanding Tropical Coastal and Island Tourism Development. Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 43-67. ISBN 978-131764558-0

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Perhentian Kecil, located off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, is predominantly a small-scale tourism destination, specifically for backpackers and independent travellers. Against the context of an aggressive drive by the state government to remove small-scale tourism development in favour of formal and high-end resorts, this paper examines the local responses to the exogenous factors that had threatened the equilibrium, and hence sustainability, of the tourism systems on the island. The paper draws upon a longitudinal study with multiple visits over an extended period since the mid-1990s. Using insights from Resilience Theory, the paper argues that this island destination is an example of non-linear change rather than conventional resort evolution. The paper also discusses how the authors - as researchers - had to realign their research framework and approach to take into consideration the growing complexities of tourism development in small island destinations.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:sustainability, tourism systems
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:74763
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:26 Nov 2017 07:15
Last Modified:26 Nov 2017 07:15

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