Equitable representation of local porters: Towards a sustainable Nepalese trekking industry

Matkailututkimuksen Seura
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Matkailututkimus - Turismforskning - Finnish Journal of Tourism Studies, 2007, 3 (1), pp. 72 - 93
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Tourism sustainability, as an accompaniment to economic growth from tourism development, is a significant issue in many developing countries. In Nepal, the internationally renowned trekking industry in localities such as Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) brings in tourist dollars for the national and local economies. However, it also has the potential to be detrimental to local communities. In examining the benefits of purely economic sustainability versus a more holistic interpretation of sustainable tourism which includes concern for local populations; this paper is focussed on the representation of local porters by the tourism industry. Through conceptual reference to colonialist tourism discourses we argue that it is only when the myth of tourism is deconstructed that researchers can adequately comprehend the changes that need to be made to trekking industries in Nepal which will allow for a truly sustainable tourism sector to develop.
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