Interconnected Worlds: Tourism in Southeast AsiaEdited by
- P. Teo, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
- T.C. Chang, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
- K.C. Ho, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
One of the most significant changes in tourism in recent years has been the concept of interconnections, which is evident at various levels of tourism planning. Strategic alliances between rival companies, vertical integration between and across firms, collaboration between public and private sectors and partnerships between countries and regions have become common practice in contemporary tourism. This book addresses this theme from a Southeast Asian perspective by focusing on the way in which individual countries have coalesced (or have attempted to coalesce) with each other and the 'outside' world under the banner of regionalism and globalisation.
Part One examines the political discourse behind tourism, bringing to light some questions regarding the tensions associated with the interconnections. Part Two focuses on deterritorialisation and the development of new regionalisms, paying specific attention to collaborative efforts in tourism development and to fostering greater movement within and in and out of the region. Part Three presents the sociocultural implications of tourism as a globalising phenomenon, covering not only global-local tensions but also 'regional identities' and 'pan-Asian' heritage, especially as portrayed to outsiders. Part Four pulls together ecological and community concerns under the umbrella of ecotourism - an important aspect of the tourism potential of the region - examining the way nature is interpreted and promoted, as well as the collaborative efforts to develop sustainable tourism and joint environmental monitoring systems. Part Five itemises potentials and problems which arise when Southeast Asia latches onto the new spatial structures of economic interaction. The challenges of global interdependency are re-examined as vulnerabilities and volatilities associated with tourism interconnections become more apparent.
By researching and initiating dialogues on regional and global interconnections, it is hoped that this book will add value to current research and debates in tourism, economic geography, geopolitics, cultural politics, globalisation and the financial and environmental crises in Southeast Asia.
For teachers and advanced students in the fields of human and physical geography, Southeast Asian studies and tourism research. Those within related disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political science and economics who are interested in tourism planning and development, as well as tourism planners and policy-makers, will also find it useful.
Published: July 2001
...the collection is packed with information. ...It should prove to be both a handy reference work for researchers and professionals interested in current tourism issues in Southeast Asia and a nicely packaged and presented teaching text for students.
Victor T. King, University of Hull, UK, The Service Industries Journal, Vol 22, No3
- Preface. The contributors. List of tables. List of figures. Introduction: Globalisation and interconnectedness in Southeast Asian tourism (P. Teo et al.). Regional Context. Tourism and political relationships in Southeast Asia (C.M. Hall). Towards a regional analysis of tourism in Southeast Asia (D.G. Pearce). Deterritorialisation and New Regionalisms. Singapore tourism: capital ambitions and regional connections (T.C. Chang, K. Raguraman). Tourism in an inter-state borderland: the case of Indonesian-Singapore cooperation (C. Grundy-Warr, M. Perry). Gateways, hubs and interconnections in Southeast Asia: implications for tourism development in the twenty-first century(S. Page). Reinventing Tradition in an Interconnected World. Globalisation, tourism and culture in Southeast Asia (T.H.B. Sofield). Global-local interrelationships in UNESCO world heritage sites (H. Black, G. Wall). Negotiating global tourism: localism as difference in Southeast Asian theme parks(P. Teo, B.S.A. Yeoh). Thailand in "Touristic Transition" (E. Cohen). Dialogic heritage: time, space and visions of the National Museum of Singapore (Can-Seng Ooi). Imaging Melaka's global heritage (C. Cartier). Acting as One in Ecotourism. Southeast Asian tourism: traditional and new perspectives on the natural environment (Wong Poh Poh). Sinews of interconnectivity: tourism and environment in the Greater Mekong subregion (M.J.G. Parnwell). "Borneo, nature's paradise": constructions and representations of nature within nature-based tourism (K. Markwell). Potentials and Problems. Danger-zone tourism: prospects and problems for tourism in tumultuous times (K.M. Adams).Interconnections, planning and the local-global nexus: a case from Vietnam(P. Burns). Bali and beyond: locational effects on the economic impact of tourism(W. Nuryanti). Conclusion: Southeast Asian tourism interconnections - status, challenges and opportunities (G. Wall). Author index. Subject index.