Challenges faced by Tuvalu's tourism industry

Prideaux, Bruce, and McNamara, Karen (2010) Challenges faced by Tuvalu's tourism industry. In: Proceedings of CAUTHE 2010: challenge the limits. pp. 1-19. From: CAUTHE 2010 20th Annual Conference of Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education: challenge the limits, 8 - 11 February 2010, Hobart, TAS, Australia.

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Tourism is vital to the Pacific region, playing a pivotal role in the region's economy. This paper develops a story about how Tuvalu – a Polynesian country in the Pacific – fairs as a tourism destination. As this paper details, constrained aviation and local transport, meagre infrastructure and limited activities for tourists all present challenges to the development of a significant tourism market in Tuvalu. This is coupled with the country's overwhelming environmental impediments that include climate change, sustainability and waste disposal – all challenges to the sustainable expansion of the tourism industry. This is particularly pertinent given that the industry would be predominately based on Tuvalu's natural attractions, particularly its astonishing marine environment. This study was based on the collection of interview material with locals, tourism representatives and government officials in Funafuti – Tuvalu's capital and only access point to the country via air.

Item ID: 16551
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-86295-560-8
Keywords: accessibility; climate change; infrastructure; sustainability; Tuvalu
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 03:07
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900301 Economic Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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