Assessing Tourism Impacts in the Third World: A Nepal Case Study (Progress in Planning)

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9780080426709: Assessing Tourism Impacts in the Third World: A Nepal Case Study (Progress in Planning)

The study provides an analysis of the economic, physical and social impacts of tourism on the town of Pokhara, Nepal, as perceived by the host population. The local perceptions are gathered through a resident survey and a series of personal interviews. A context for the assessment is provided by a profile of Pokhara and of the tourists who visit the area. Consideration is given to the lessons provided by the case study for other tourism impact research and for the development of appropriate tourism policies in the local area and elsewhere in the Third World. Tourism in Pokhara is based around trekking, and the case study illustrates the industry as having a wide range of direct and indirect impacts on the local area. The economic performance of the industry is seen as modest to data with benefits mainly being restricted to those directly involved in tourism activity. The industry appears to be having a mixed impact on the environment, both encouraging degradation to occur and acting as a force to achieve remedial action. It is also seen as being only partly responsible for social and cultural changes which are occurring in the area. The main conclusion from the case study is that the tourism industryrequires an element of planning and control to limit the overall supply and location of accommodation, in order to protect the attractiveness of Pokhara as a destination and to secure the profitability of the industry.

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