Nature-based tourism in developing countries: issues and case studies

Tisdell, Clem (2013). Nature-based tourism in developing countries: issues and case studies. Economics, Ecology and The Environment 190, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Tisdell, Clem
Title Nature-based tourism in developing countries: issues and case studies
School, Department or Centre School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Series Economics, Ecology and The Environment
Report Number 190
Publication date 2013-05
Start page 1
End page 36
Total pages 36
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Begins by considering why there is a particular interest in nature-based tourism in developing countries and then raises some issues needing resolution when considering the development of nature tourism in LDCs. It is noted that the type of tourism a country can develop economically depends on its existing assets (natural, heritage and cultural) as well as its ability to develop new man-made tourism attractions. Most LDCs are at an economic disadvantage in developing the latter type of attractions. Problems involved in deciding on what constitutes nature-based tourism and in determining its magnitude are raised. The possible benefits to LDCs of nature tourism are discussed together with reasons why these benefits are not always achieved. The case studies are for China (focusing particularly on Yunnan Province and especially Xishuangbanna Prefecture), Botswana and the Maldives. Although nature tourism is important in some parts of China, China is much less dependent on this type of tourism than are Botswana and the Maldives. Furthermore, the Chinese economy is less dependent on tourism than are those of Botswana and the Maldives. Comparisons are made between the development of tourism in these three LDCs. The comparisons include a consideration of locational factors, the type and extent of their dependence on nature tourism, environmental issues and the comparative costs of tourism development. It becomes clear that there is a considerable diversity in the nature of tourism development in LDCs. Therefore, it is necessary to be wary about generalizing about such development.
Keyword Botswana
Developing countries
Environmental issues
Location of tourism
Nature-based tourism
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes ISSN: 1327-8231

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Created: Thu, 20 Jun 2013, 09:48:56 EST by Emeritus Professor Clement Tisdell on behalf of School of Economics