Empowering indigenous communities through participation in tourism

Nur Aliah, M and Mazne, I. and Siti Atikah, Rusli * and Derweanna, B. S. and Nurul Fardila, A. R. and Harnidah, S. and Nurashikin, A. R. and Nur Azimah, O. (2019) Empowering indigenous communities through participation in tourism. International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 7 (3/4). ISSN 1759-0450

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This study explores the involvement of Malaysian indigenous peoples (Orang Asli) at both the individual and community level to analyse the impact of tourism development on the economic and socio-cultural aspects of their communities. The study was conducted at two tourism sites, Bukit Tadom and Cameron Highlands. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 participants from the Orang Asli community and Orang Asli employees and management at the sites. Data were thematically analysed. Orang Asli communities recognised the opportunities that tourism development brings to their social and economic conditions, although it is not wholly beneficial. They also want to be actively involved in tourism planning. The study contributes to the development of indigenous peoples, especially in Malaysia, promoting a new perspective on long-term tourism development. It also highlights several new considerations that should be addressed by the authority in planning and managing tourism sites, especially in regard to community acceptance, involvement and demand for benefits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community; participation; indigenous; tourism; community participation; Orang Asli; Malaysia; rural; empowerment.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > School of Hospitality and Service Management [formerly School of Hospitality until 2020]
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2020 07:36
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2020 07:36
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/1544

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