Dive tourism on Koh Tao, Thailand: community heterogeneity and environmental responsibility

dc.contributor.advisorRohatynskyj, Marta
dc.contributor.authorFlumerfelt, Sheryl Lynn
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-03T14:29:58Z
dc.date.available2020-12-03T14:29:58Z
dc.date.copyright1999
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Sociology and Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates tourism, diving and the environment on the island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand. The "tourism landscape" and dive sites are examined as common pool resource dilemmas with problems of overuse and environmental degradation. Collective efforts to deal with the environmental problem have been frustrated due to social heterogeneity among community members who differ in terms of nationality, culture, norms, interests, power and environmental values. Two paradoxes characterize the situation on Koh Tao. The first is typical of tourist destinations around the world, in which the features that attract the tourists, such as an "untouched" environment, are destroyed by the very presence of those tourists. The second paradox is that the development of dive tourism has relied on a symbiotic relationship between Thai entrepreneurs and skilled Western expatriates, yet it is this very relationship that is obstructing efforts toward sustaining the industry.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/21471
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjecttourismen_US
dc.subjectdivingen_US
dc.subjectenvironmenten_US
dc.subjectislanden_US
dc.subjectKoh Taoen_US
dc.subjectThailanden_US
dc.subjecttourism landscapeen_US
dc.subjectdive siteen_US
dc.subjectoveruseen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental degradationen_US
dc.titleDive tourism on Koh Tao, Thailand: community heterogeneity and environmental responsibilityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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