Tourism Development and Change in Small Islands : Lessons from Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

Hamzah, Amran and Mark, P. Hampton (2011) Tourism Development and Change in Small Islands : Lessons from Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia. Working Paper. Centre for Innovative Planning and Development.


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Perhentian Kecil, located off the east coast of peninsula Malaysia, is predominately a backpacker destination comprising small-scale, locally-owned wooden chalets and simple infrastructure with only one larger, more upmarket resort so far. This Working Paper examines an island destination that appears poised to change substantially with the arrival of the first multi-storey resort hotel. We discuss whether Kecil is now at the key moment when a destination changes from small-scale backpacker tourism to a different tourism form and, given the fragile island environment, it faces severe challenges if larger scale tourism develops. Two key factors are examined - the changing planning environment and local entrepreneurs‟ characteristics - that may account for why the island has reached a moment of qualitative change after years of „organic‟ bottom-up incremental growth. Using insights from Resilience Theory the paper argues that this island destination is an example of non-linear change rather than conventional resort evolution.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: island tourism; resorts, planning, backpackers, economic development, Malaysia
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Tourism Planning
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:44
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:44

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