Can hybrid tourism be sustainable? White water rafting in Songpraek Village, Thailand

Tirasatayapitak, Aree, Chaiyasain, Chainun and Beeton, Robert J. S. (2014) Can hybrid tourism be sustainable? White water rafting in Songpraek Village, Thailand. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 20 2: 210-222. doi:10.1080/10941665.2013.877045

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Author Tirasatayapitak, Aree
Chaiyasain, Chainun
Beeton, Robert J. S.
Title Can hybrid tourism be sustainable? White water rafting in Songpraek Village, Thailand
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1094-1665
Publication date 2014-01-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10941665.2013.877045
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 210
End page 222
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The paper reports a study from Southern Thailand where white water rafting (WWR) has produced significant community development benefits to Ban Songpraek Village; yet the future is challenging. This study investigates the origins, growth and management of the WWR enterprises and the perceived impacts of tourism on the village. Using qualitative and quantitative methods the results show a complex situation as tourism benefits accrued to the village and the residents' response to these benefits creates dependency. The village is a rear example of partial empowerment of the indigenous community yet to achieve sustainability; the study suggests that villages need to be further empowered to determine the preferred level of tourism growth in the village. To achieve this, the integration of WWR tourism with other resource-based activities and the regulation of the tourism activities is required.
Keyword White water rafting
Hybrid tourism
Sustainable tourism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 10 Jan 2014

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