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Opportunities and barriers for degrowth in remote tourism destinations: overcoming regional inequalities?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography. (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8439-2640
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health. (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8143-123x
2021 (English)In: Degrowth and tourism: new perspectives on tourism entrepreneurship, destinations and policy / [ed] C. Michael Hall, Linda Lundmark, Jundan Jasmine Zhang, Milton Park: Routledge, 2021, p. 100-115Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines the opportunities and barriers for de-growth to be used in future tourism development strategies for remote or peripheral destinations, illustrated by the case of the Top End region in the Northern Territory of Australia. In such remote contexts, tourism has often evolved around an entrenched boosterist growth paradigm, a dependence on export markets and external investors, a susceptibility to 'boom and bust' cycles, and increasing spatial and social inequalities between the dominant urban growth centre and a declining sparsely populated hinterland. The chapter discusses how de-growth may help in reducing the city-hinterland development gap by directing attention to the benefits of alternative niche markets, the regional dispersal of tourists, smaller-scale and dispersed infrastructure and product investment, a re-positioning of tourism as part of broader community development agendas, and renewed efforts to encourage local involvement in decision-making. The chapter also considers the institutional barriers to such an approach, and considers why it may remain an unrealistic concept for remote political economies that are increasingly confronted with recurring periods of economic crisis and highly volatile industries and populations.

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Milton Park: Routledge, 2021. p. 100-115
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Contemporary geographies of leisure, tourism and mobility
Keywords [en]
urban growth centre, hinterland tourism, regional inequalities, remote tourism, institutional lock-in, local development
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-177661ISBN: 9780367335656 (print)ISBN: 9780429320590 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-177661DiVA, id: diva2:1510544
Available from: 2020-12-16 Created: 2020-12-16 Last updated: 2021-05-10Bibliographically approved

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