Tourism has increasingly become a vital element in the economic development of the Indian Ocean region. This volume brings together leading tourism and economics experts from the region to discuss the wide range of problems and issues raised by the increasing significance of tourism such as: tourism and development; dimensions of and assault on rural and urban poverty; empowerment of women; women’s property rights; access of the rural poor to services and resources; political and economic impediments to human resources development; management of energy and environmental resources; and electronic commerce and development. These issues and proposed policies are examined theoretically in the first section of this book, with comparative empirical case studies from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Botswana, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the Maldives, Mauritius, the Seychelles, China and South Africa illustrating these arguments in the second section. A conclusion sums up the problems found in current policy and practice and puts forward innovative proposals and prospects for tourism and development in the region.
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Contents: Tourism, ecotourism and economic development: an overview, R.N. Ghosh, M.A.B. Siddique and R. Gabbay; Tourism in the Indian Oceanregion, M.A.B. Siddique and R.N. Ghosh; International tourism and economic development, R.N. Ghosh, M.A.B. Siddique and R. Gabbay; Tourism and development: not an easy alliance, Tej Vir Singh; Ecotourism development in the Indian Ocean region: the case for shared learning, Ross K. Dowling and John C. Wood; A tale of two cities: modelling inbound tourism from Hong Kong and Singapore into Australia, Christine Lim; Regional inequalities in tourism development: experiences of China and India, J. Wen, C.A. Tisdell and K.C. Roy; A systematic approach to tourism development in Island states, Jack Carlsen; Tourism in the Seychelles, Rony Gabbay and Robin Ghosh; An analysis of tourism trends in Mauritius, Jack Carlsen and Karim Jaufeerally; Is sustainable tourism development possible? broad issues concerning Australia and Papua New Guinea, Parikshit K. Basu; Tourism or livestock - a policy dilemma for environmental management and poverty amelioration in Botswana, Diana J. Beal; Index.