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Supattra Sroypetch - PhD Candidate

Contact

Email: supattra.sroypetch@otago.ac.nz

PhD Title

Host and Guest Perceptions of Backpacker Tourism Impacts on the Host Communities in Fiji

Supervisors

Associate Professor Neil Carr and Dr Tara Duncan

Research Abstract

There continues to be a growth of international tourism and the sustainable benefits of tourism to local communities needs to be increasingly of priority and importance. Regarding the sustainability of local communities in Fiji, backpacker tourism has been stimulated by the national government as a mechanism for overcoming the inherent effects that have been produced by conventional tourism due to its perceived contribution to the Fijian local economy, employment, and conservation of local culture.

The impacts of backpacker tourism on host communities which includes the views of both hosts and guests have been considerably overlooked in the tourism literature. Therefore, this study aims to investigate how hosts and backpackers perceive the economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts of backpacker tourism on the host communities in Fiji. The findings of the study can broaden the understanding of ‘backpacker tourism impacts’ in terms of the perspective of both hosts and guests as well as the different nationalities of backpackers and their own impacts’ perceptions.

Education

  • Master of Arts in Tourism Management: Assumption University, Thailand.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Hotel and Tourism Management: Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

Publications

Sroypetch, Supattra (2007) Environmentally Friendly Hotel. Journal of Thai Hospitality and Tourism 2(2): 24-34.

Sroypetch, Supattra et al. (2007) The Preferred Type of Tourist Accommodation for Tourists in the Southern Part of the North Eastern Region, Thailand. Khon Kaen University Research Journal, 12 (4), 529-536.

Yongwanit, Sekson et al. (2007) A Study of Area Potentiality for Tourism Strategic Development of the Thai-Lao PDR Border: A Case Study of Nong Khai Province and Vientiane Capital. The Border Tourism of Thailand and Neighbouring Countries: Thailand Research Fund. August 2008. pp. 127-138.

Thawornwiriyatrakul, Warangkana & Sroypetch, Supattra (2002) The Preferred Type of Tourist Accommodation for Tourists in the Northern Part of the North Eastern Region: Case Study in Nong Khai Province. Geography for Ecotourism: The 8th National Conference on Geography by Geographical Association of Thailand. Rose Garden: Nakorn Pa-thom, Thailand: October 2002, pp.153-200.

Teaching Experience

Eight years lecturing experience in Hotel and Tourism Department at Khon Kaen University (Nong Khai Campus) in Thailand.