Tropical communities as resources for tourism or tourism as a resource for tropical communities: changing the perspective by applying a community well-being framework in the Mekong Delta

Murphy, Laurie, Moscardo, Gianna, and Blackman, Anna (2014) Tropical communities as resources for tourism or tourism as a resource for tropical communities: changing the perspective by applying a community well-being framework in the Mekong Delta. In: Conference Proceedings of BEST EN Think Tank XIV: politics, policy and governance in sustainable tourism, pp. 232-250. From: BEST EN Think Tank XIV: politics, policy and governance in sustainable tourism, 23-26 June 2014, Lyubljana, Slovenia.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to review the barriers to sustainable tourism development faced by rural and developing regions and to explore the notion of tourism and its potential contribution to community well-being, with a focus on Flora's community capitals framework. A description is provided of a case study focusing on the development of agri-tourism in the Can Tho region of the Mekong Delta. The results of the initial stages of a mixed method approach to the application of a community well- being framework to tourism development are presented. It will conclude by identifying the challenges of applying models of tourism conceptualised in developed western economies in a developing economy with a socialist republic political regime. In particular, implications for tourism development policy, planning and education to support more sustainable approaches in tourism governance and development are highlighted.

Item ID: 34923
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: tropical tourism, community well-being, tourism development, Mekong Delta
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ISBN: 978-0-9806738-6-9
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 02:28
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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