ASEAS 4(1) – Tourism

Issue 4(1) was published in 2011. Find all article downloads below!


  • Tourismus im Fokus / Tourism in FocusAlexander Trupp
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-1
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Aktuelle Südostasienforschung / Current Research on South-East Asia

  • Vietnamese Domestic Tourism: An Investigation of Travel MotivationsHuong Thanh Bui & Lee Jolliffe
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-2
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    This article approaches domestic tourism in Vietnam from a native Asian perspective aiming to examine Vietnamese domestic travel motivations. This quantitative study is based on a self-administered questionnaire to survey 230 Vietnamese domestic travellers. Results highlight the significant roles of the employer sponsoring the trip, family, travel promotion, and favourable weather in determining travel, in addition to their motivations to seek time for leisure and recreation. Moreover, the study detected a perception gap between the tourist’s demand and the travel agent’s supply. The behaviour of Vietnamese domestic travellers reflects the characteristics of a transition economy and reveals certain aspects which are also peculiar to other Asian countries.Keywords: Domestic Tourism, Travel Motivations, Social Tourism, Urban Tourism, Vietnam
  • Beyond Commodification and Politicisation: Production and Consumption Practices of Authenticity in the White Tai Tourist Market in the Uplands of VietnamAchariya Nate-Chei
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-3
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    This paper is based on an ethnographic enquiry conducted over the last four years and shows the setting of a close interaction between hosts and guests in the White Tai villages in Mai Chau district, in the northwest uplands of Vietnam. The author argues that tourism is utilised as a medium to demonstrate a culture of hospitality. A new trend in tourism production and consumption is brought into discussion; in relation to this, this paper looks at what is really happening in the tourism spaces of the White Tai villages through the experiences not only of tourists but also of villagers. The author identifies several types of host-guest relationships and argues that there is a transformation of the host-guest relationship within these tourist spaces, a transformation evident in the new production and consumption practices of the market. Such relationships must be understood by looking beyond conceptions of commodification and politicisation of ethnicity.Keywords: Ethnic Tourism, Tourist Market, Authenticity, Production and Consumption, Vietnam
  • Schattenwirtschaft unter Palmen: Der touristisch informelle Sektor im Urlaubsparadies Patong, ThailandBianca Gantner
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-4
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    Since the 1960s, tourism has become a vital part of the Thai economy and has been characterised by a steady growth. For more than 50 percent of all Thais working in the informal sector (shadow economy), the booming tourism industry represents an important source of income. In this article Patong on Phuket serves as a case study for examining the network of actors, the touristic supply structure as well as its evolution and developments over the years by using qualitative methods (interviews and participant observation). The empirical data will then be compared to Vorlaufer’s scheme on the development of a state-sponsored tourist destination. In contrast to the scheme’s assumption of a decline of the informal and a rise of the formal sector, the empirical results show that the level of informal activity remains on a high level and can be described as an integral part of Patong’s tourism industry. In addition, revenues from the informal sector serve as an important source of income for migrants and locals.Keywords: Phuket, Tourism, Informal Sector, Networks, Thailand

  • Blessings for All? Community-Based Ecotourism in Bali Between Global, National, and Local Interests – A Case Study – Christian Byczek
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-5
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    As a major island destination in South-East Asia, Bali has won a global reputation as one of the last paradises on earth. As one of the largest industries in the world, global tourism is utilised by the governments of many developing countries as an agent for development and national integration. However, local communities level the criticism that mass tourism has not only brought economic growth but also caused ecological and social costs. In reaction to the excessive developments of the past decades, local Balinese have started to actively implement community-based tourism. The ecotourism village-network Jaringan Ekowisata Desa seeks a more sustainable approach to tourism through stronger ownership and the minimisation of negative ecological impacts. The case study presented is based on fieldwork which took place in 2010. It aims to find answers to the questions of whether and to what extent community-based ecotourism initiatives may constitute a sustainable alternative to the negative eff ects associated with mass tourism.Keywords: Bali, Ecotourism, Community, Sustainability, Agriculture

  • An Alternative Policy Proposal for the Provinces Populated by the Malay Ethnonationality in the South of Thailand – Otto F. von Feigenblatt
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-6
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    This article provides a public policy analysis of governance in the provinces populated by the Malay ethnonationality in the South of Thailand. Important stakeholders are identified as well as important sociopolitical environmental factors. The final sections of the paper present a proposal for a new governance structure for the Muslim South of Thailand taking into consideration the social, cultural, and economic context as well as the wellbeing and right to self-determination of the local population. This study concludes that considerable economic, political, and social opportunities for development are being lost in the South of Thailand due to misguided governance policies.Keywords: Malays, South of Thailand, Autonomy, Governance, Devolution of Power

Forum Südostasien / Forum South-East Asia

  • Community-Based Tourism in Thailand: (Dis-)Illusions of Authenticity and the Necessity for Dynamic Concepts of Culture and Power – Claudia Dolezal
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-7
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  • Exhibiting the ‘Other’ Then and Now: ‘Human Zoos’ in Southern China and Thailand – Alexander Trupp
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-8
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Forschungswerkstatt / Research Workshop

  • Lieber Bhutan als Bali? Perspektiven nachhaltiger Tourismusentwicklung in Timor-Leste – Christian Wollnik
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-9
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  • CLASDISA – Classifications of Disabilities in the Field of Education in Different Societal and Cultural Contexts: Insights Into the Current State of Research – Michelle Proyer, Margarita Schiemer & Mikael Luciak
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-10
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  • Auf der Suche nach dem Paradies? Einblicke in eine Studie zu „Amenity Migration“ in Cha-am und Hua Hin, ThailandJulia Jöstl & Birgit Wieser
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-11
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Im Dialog / In Dialogue

  • Kindersextourismus: Ein südostasiatisches Phänomen? Im Dialog mit Astrid Winkler von ECPAT AustriaMichelle Proyer
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-12
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    Sun, sea, temples – Not everybody travelling to Thailand seems to be content with that image. Sexual exploitation such as prostitution as well as other forms of crime against children seemed to be focused on South-East Asia. The media have conveyed the impression that especially Thailand and Cambodia are favoured holiday destinations for those seeking sex with minors respectively. An interview with the director of the non-governmental organisation ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) Austria, Astrid Winkler, shows that regional limitations are not consistent with reality and that child sex tourism has never been restricted to South-East Asia.

Netzwerk Südostasienforschung / Network South-East Asia Research

  • Research on South-East Asia in Austria: Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna – Petra Dannneker & Wolfram Schaffar
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-13
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Südostasien sehen / South-East Asia Visually

Rezensionen / Book Reviews

  • Hitchcock, M., King, V. T., & Parnwell, M. (Eds.). (2009). Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions – Claudia Dolezal
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-15
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  • Hitchcock, M., King, V. T., & Parnwell, M. (Eds.). (2010). Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia – Kerstin Schiele
    DOI 10.4232/10.ASEAS-4.1-16
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