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University of Hawai'i Press
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Tourism, the world's largest industry, has created a variety of complex political problems, particularly in those countries where the primary attraction of tourism is its potential for accelerating development. The political dimensions that have encouraged tourism in the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, and Bhutan are examined in Linda K. Richter's study, which is based on more than 250 interviews with government officials, travel industry representatives, and media officials.

Richter concentrates on the reasons for using tourism to advance government policy objectives and on the many ways political and economic problems can frustrate tourism's contribution to national development. All too often, after the expensive infrastructure is developed, luxury good imported, and lavish promotional efforts expended, nations are left disillusions with the economic promise of tourism. Disappointing results are often complicated by a preoccupation with the lure of tourism and an underestimation of the industry's needs and of the political pressures of and on government officials. Encouraging an awareness of the political aspects of tourism, the author advocates greater involvement by social and political scientists in monitoring tourism policy, as well as a restructuring and redesigning of programs in this largest sector of international trade.

Table of Contents

  1. Half-Title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Abbreviations Used in Text
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  1. 1: The Politics of Tourism: An Overview
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  1. 2: About Face: The Political Evolution of Chinese Tourism Policy
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  1. 3: The Philippines: The Politicization of Tourism
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  1. 4: Thailand: Where Tourism and Politics Make Strange Bedfellows
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  1. 5: Indian Tourism: Pluralist Policies in a Federal System
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  1. 6: Creating Tourist “Meccas” in Praetorian States: Case Studies of Pakistan and Bangladesh
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  1. 7: Sri Lanka and the Maldives: Islands in Transition
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  1. 8: Nepal and Bhutan: Two Approaches to Shangri-La
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  1. 9: Exploring Alternative Strategies for Tourism Development: Is There a Better Way?
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824880170
MARC Record
OCLC
1053879756
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-19
Open Access
Yes
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