Tourism and Development

Full panel title

Tourism and Development in South-East Asia: Unravelling the Complexities of Tourism for Poverty Alleviation


Claudia Dolezal (University of Brighton)
Alexander Trupp (University of Vienna)

Date and time

Double session

14 August, 14:00 – 15:30
14 August, 16:00 – 17:30


Room 47


Session I

  • Tourism, Migration and Development: Perspectives for Urban-based Hilltribes in Thailand
    Alexander Trupp (University of Vienna)
  • Community-Based Tourism – A Livelihood Resilience of Indigenous in the Vietnam’s Central Highlands
    Thai Huynh Anh Chi (Heidelberg University)
  • Community-Based Tourism in Rural Bali: Questions of Empowerment
    Claudia Dolezal (University of Brighton)
  • Mediating Southeast Asia: An Exploration of Geographies of Identity, Power and Imagination in Popular Guidebooks and Travelblogs
    Felix Magnus Bergmeister (University of Vienna)

Session II

  • From the First Souvenirs to Modern ‘Airport Art’ – A Social and Economic Analysis of the Commodification of Handicraft as Demonstrated by the Example of Southeast Asia
    Lukas Christian Husa (University of Vienna)
  • Coexistence of Cultural Heritage and War Heritage – The Central Sector of Thang Long Imperial Citadel – Vietnam
    Thanh Huong Bui (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University)

Panel abstract

Tourism in South-East Asia is without doubt an ever-growing sector and income generator for millions of people directly or indirectly involved in the industry (UNWTO, 2013). At the same time it constitutes a social phenomenon connecting people and cultures, not only the Western tourist and their ‘hosts’ (Smith, 1989; Yamashita, 2004), but also those local to the region, based on a rise in domestic and intra-regional travel (Winter et al., 2009). However, tourism has also caused increasing socioeconomic inequality and vast disruptions to local ecosystems, societies and cultures, above all through the expansion of an industry that often exceeds local carrying capacity limits, supported through injections of capital by external funding bodies with little local initiative and capacity. Nevertheless, although tourism’s repercussions are well known, it constitutes a widely used tool for poverty alleviation and development in SEA (Harrison & Schipani, 2007).