Host and Guest Perceptions of Backpacker Tourism Impacts on the Host Communities in Fiji
Associate Professor Neil Carr and Dr Tara Duncan
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.
- Master of Arts in Tourism Management: Assumption University, Thailand.
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Hotel and Tourism Management: Khon Kaen University, Thailand.
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Eight years lecturing experience in Hotel and Tourism Department at Khon Kaen University (Nong Khai Campus) in Thailand.