Are Nature-based Tourist Destinations in the Asia-Pacific Region At Risk?

floating-house-239986_640An interest in nature and nature-based tourism has been steadily increasing in the Asia-Pacific region. But could this growing enthusiasm result in over developed, overpriced or even artificial natural attractions? Warwick Frost, Jennifer Lang, and Sue Beeton collaborated on the article “The Future of Nature-Based Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region” in the Journal of Travel Research and wrote the following:

Analysis of the scenarios elicits some common threads. The first is JTR_72ppiRGB_powerpointthe replacement of nature or natural things by artificial versions. While this lessens the pressure on nature, it may be ultimately unsatisfying, given psychological drivers linked to authenticity and the spirituality to be found in the natural world. It also appears to conflict with Asian philosophical values associated with seeing nature and human beings as interdependent and intertwined. The second relates to the increasing divide between those privileged with access to nature and those forced to access substitutes. In these scenarios, nature will become something that is not available to all, only to those with the wherewithal to pay for them. The third issue is the paradox of visitors wanting immersive experiences, which may threaten the viability of the very thing that they seek to get close to.
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About Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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