The Maldives

Parallel paths of conventional and alternative tourism

Authored by: Aishath Shakeela , David Weaver

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Asia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138784581
eBook ISBN: 9781315768250
Adobe ISBN: 9781317665892


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Due to natural resource limitations, island destination planners often direct attention to tourism as an engine for development, with many embracing the industry as an “economic miracle” capitalising on ample endowments of sun, sea and sand (Ioannides 2000; Nowak et al. 2007). This may create hyper-dependency, whereby traditional industries such as fishing or agricultural monocultures are replaced by tourism. Government pro-growth proclivities and investment in tourism, however, are based on the assumptions that this sector will mitigate the numerous development constraints they face (Wilkinson 1989). Indeed, tourism in island destinations is usually seen as a convenient and expeditious means for generating employment and foreign exchange earnings.

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