Inclusive tourism development analysis of Koh Pdao destination

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Veronica Bova
4. term, Tourism, Master (Master Programme)
Tourism is a driving force to reduce poverty in least-developed countries, as it is the case of Cambodia. This research aims to analyze how Koh Pdao community-based ecotourism is managed in inclusive tourism development terms.
It takes into account the inclusive tourism development approach, combined with critical thinking of sustainable tourism within the SDGs, and the analysis of top-down and bottom-up managerial models.
In order to find out how the destination is managed, the methods used in the research are semi-structured interviews and delegated interviews conducted with five participants, who are all part of the managerial level of the destination.
The data are coded, condensated and interpreted according to the interview analysis focusing on meaning. The analysis, discussion, and therefore the conclusion are developed following the seven elements of inclusive tourism, that indicate how to analyze a destination in inclusive tourism terms.
The outcomes of the results are that Koh Pdao is a top-down community-based ecotourism destination and it is, to some extent, managed in inclusive tourism terms. In conclusion, one more element, social impacts of tourism, is identified as a relevant indicator of inclusiveness.
Publication date2 Jun 2020
Number of pages66
ID: 333456309