Tourist initiatives and extreme wilderness in the Nakanai Mountains (PNG)

Gabriel, Jennifer, Filer, Colin, Wood, Michael, and Foale, Simon (2017) Tourist initiatives and extreme wilderness in the Nakanai Mountains (PNG). Shima, 11 (1). 11. pp. 122-143.

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In 2013, the Government of Papua New Guinea identified East New Britain as the country’s tourism centre. Tourism operators in the provincial capital welcomed thegovernment’s plan, but warned that poor infrastructure and the country’s bad image overseas could prevent it from reaping the benefits of ‘huge’ tourism potential.Landowners in the Tentative World Heritage area of the Nakanai Mountains are keen to tap into the perceived potential of tourism development and are creatively monetising their rugged environment in the hope of attracting tourists for adventure tourism. Thedevelopment of adventure tourism initiatives tap into notions of wild and rugged landscapes, combined with Western fantasies involving travel to dangerous places(mountains, jungles, caves, cascading rivers). We argue that, unless local communities are able to effectively exercise power and control over tourism ventures, the desire to proclaim ecotourism as the ideal alternative form of development risks subsuming local communities and their livelihoods into a future defined primarily by outsiders.

Item ID: 48145
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1834-6057
Keywords: tourism, PNG, East New Britain
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Funders: Australian Research Council
Projects and Grants: ARC Linkage 140100536
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 02:50
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440101 Anthropology of development @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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