Enclave tourism versus agritourism: the economic debate

Naidoo, Perunjodi, and Pearce, Philip L. (2018) Enclave tourism versus agritourism: the economic debate. Current Issues in Tourism, 21 (17). pp. 1946-1965.

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The approaches to tourism development vary in different settings. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the conversation on the relative economic advantages of enclave and agritourism in a small island context. This study explicitly discusses these two forms of tourism in the island of Mauritius where tourism is a key pillar of the local economy. This study uses a novel format where stakeholder perspectives are reviewed based on a simulated debate between two sets of advocates. The debate arguments rely on a grounded methodology where in-depth interviews were conducted to gather the opinions of three substantial groups of stakeholders: notably, government officials, business interests and local community members. The multi-faceted arguments are built on the identified local concerns and perspectives and provide a forum for the voices of diverse participants from the tourism world of Mauritius. The format offers a rich, realistic set of arguments exploring the economic merits of both forms of tourism in a specific setting. Five main themes influence the economic support for tourism development: certainty of tourism income, scale of tourism development, employment, regional disparity and the challenge of change.

Item ID: 51041
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1747-3500
Keywords: enclave tourism; agritourism; tourism development; economic benefits; debate; Mauritius; small islands
Copyright Information: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 03:34
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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