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Is tourism just another staple? A new perspective on tourism in remote regions

Schmallegger, Doris A. and Carson, Dean B. (2010). Is tourism just another staple? A new perspective on tourism in remote regions. Current Issues in Tourism,13(3):201-221.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 81704288xPUB343
Title Is tourism just another staple? A new perspective on tourism in remote regions
Author Schmallegger, Doris A.
Carson, Dean B.
Journal Name Current Issues in Tourism
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 13
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1368-3500   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-77955802589
Start Page 201
End Page 221
Total Pages 21
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Staples thesis describes the development paths of remote economies that have been reliant on the export of relatively unprocessed natural resources-the staples. These economies tend to be overdependent on external markets, are susceptible to boom and bust cycles, and can ultimately become 'trapped' in their development paths because they fail to convert initial staples export-driven economic growth into more sustainable and diversified local industries. Tourism has often been described as a potential way to escape such a 'staples trap' but, so far, has never been examined from a staples thesis perspective. This paper analyses the case of Central Australia and shows that tourism in remote areas can exhibit similar characteristics as traditional staples industries. If remote regions are to harness tourism for economic and social development, there needs to be a better understanding of the conditions under which remote economies (including tourism) can become locked into a continuous export-dependency development path. The paper concludes that using staples thesis as a conceptual framework offers considerable potential to enhance the understanding of tourism development in remote regions. Finally, it proposes a research agenda for tourism in remote areas to facilitate more targeted future research.
Keywords staples thesis
staples trap
tourism development
Central Australia
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