The local gaze: Social inhibitors to engagement in the Maldivian tourism industry

Shakeela, Aishath, Ruhanen, Lisa and Breakey, Noreen (2011). The local gaze: Social inhibitors to engagement in the Maldivian tourism industry. In: Michael J. Gross, Tourism: Creating a Brilliant Blend: Proceedings of the 21st Annual CAUTHE Conference. CAUTHE 2011 - 21st CAUTHE National Conference, Adealide, SA, Australia, (1-13). 8-11 February 2011.

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Author Shakeela, Aishath
Ruhanen, Lisa
Breakey, Noreen
Title of paper The local gaze: Social inhibitors to engagement in the Maldivian tourism industry
Conference name CAUTHE 2011 - 21st CAUTHE National Conference
Conference location Adealide, SA, Australia
Conference dates 8-11 February 2011
Proceedings title Tourism: Creating a Brilliant Blend: Proceedings of the 21st Annual CAUTHE Conference
Place of Publication Adelaide, SA, Australia
Publisher School of Management, University of South Australia
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780987050700
0987050702
Editor Michael J. Gross
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Advocators of tourism development in small island developing states (SIDS) promote tourism in policy agendas on the grounds that it can enhance the lives of local people through the creation of employment and income streams. However, empirical research conducted in the Maldives, a SIDS in the Indian Ocean, highlighted an array of social, human resource, economic, institutional and religious factors that inhibit the participation of the local community in the Maldivian tourism labour market. This paper specifically examines the findings related to the social factors that were identified as: negative images of the industry; proximity to home and work; social isolation; parental influence; effect on family life while working away from home island; role of woman as mother; the lack of awareness of tourism jobs; social problems at workplace; disinterest in tourism employment; tourism industry being male dominated; and issues with safety and security at the workplace. A number of these findings are discussed, as is the role of tourism operators and the Government in addressing the social inhibitors to tourism employment in the Maldives.
Keyword Tourism employment
Sustainable tourism
SIDS
Maldives
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Concurrent Session 1.6: Culture and Tourism.

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