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Title: The future of volunteer tourism in the Asia-Pacific region : alternative prospects
Authors: Ong, F
Lockstone-Binney, L
King, B 
Smith, KA
Keywords: Asia-Pacific
Future prospects
Volunteer tourism
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Journal of travel research, 2014, v. 53, no. 6, p. 680-692 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of travel research 
Abstract: Volunteer tourism has attracted increasing attention among tourism industry practitioners and researchers. As an indication of the scale and scope of the phenomenon, most volunteer tourists have been residents of developed countries visiting developing countries to participate in community development initiatives, scientific research and ecological restoration projects. The researchers have reviewed the literature to determine the drivers of growth that have shaped volunteer tourism and have examined the trends affecting tourism and economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region over the medium to longer term. These exploratory inputs serve to inform three scenarios about the likely shape of volunteer tourism within the region leading to 2050: the first scenario predicts a steady state, the second growing participation, and the final proposition, one of diminishing viability. The prospective implications for volunteer tourism arising from these various scenarios are discussed, together with a concluding agenda for future research.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/36116
ISSN: 0047-2875 (print)
1552-6763 (online)
DOI: 10.1177/0047287514532365
Rights: © 2014 Sage Publications. This paper is a postprint of a paper submitted to and accepted for publication in Journal of travel research. Journal of travel research is available online at http://jtr.sagepub.com/, the open URL of the article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0047287514532365
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