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Community participation and emerging surfing tourism destinations: a case study of the Mentawai Islands

Towner, Nick

Journal of sport tourism -- Sports Tourism International Council -- Volume: 20 1; (pages 1-19) -- 2016

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  • Title:
    Community participation and emerging surfing tourism destinations: a case study of the Mentawai Islands
  • Author: Towner, Nick
  • Found In: Journal of sport tourism. Volume 20:Number 1(2016); 20160102; 1-19
  • Journal Title: Journal of sport tourism
  • Subjects: Sports and tourism; LCSH: Sports and tourism
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Sports Tourism International Council
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT

    The Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, are an emerging surfing tourism destination. Surfing tourism has the potential to provide significant economic income and employment opportunities for remote communities in less-developed destinations. However, much of the current surfing tourism development is controlled by foreign investors and the actual reported benefits to local community are marginal. Therefore, the aim of this paper was to explore the local community participation in the Mentawai Islands surfing tourism industry. The paper also investigated possible future directions for increasing the local community involvement in the surfing tourism industry. Field research was conducted in the period between July and September of 2010, through in-depth interviews with local stakeholder representatives. In conclusion, the local community perceived foreign ownership and lack of government support as the major barriers to participation. A key finding of this paper was that the local community recognised education and training as the most effective way to increase their participation in the surfing tourism industry; therefore, it is recommended that future studies examine the viability of implementing tourism-specific education and training.


  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1477-5085
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
    5066.189200
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100031330004.0x000001

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