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Title: Towards tourism : a Laotian perspective
Authors: Suntikul, W
Bauer, T
Song, H 
Keywords: Grassroots tourism
Lao PDR
Local residents' perception
Tourism development
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Source: International journal of tourism research, 2010, v. 12, no. 5, p. 449-461 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of tourism research 
Abstract: This paper reports the findings of a study of the attitudes of residents towards tourism in the District of Viengxay, Lao People's Democratic Republic, where tourism is in its infancy. Based on focus group interviews, the paper analyses the societal and individual attitudes of the residents towards tourists, tourism development and employment in the tourism field. It was found that locals have little understanding of the motivations of tourists for visiting their villages. Villagers look forward to tourism development to bring more communication and fame to their village, as well as to tourism's contribution to the local economy. Community-mindedness, control and organisation, cultural exchange, understanding and cultural awareness are prime motivators in forming local attitudes towards tourism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8947
ISSN: 1099-2340
EISSN: 1522-1970
DOI: 10.1002/jtr.764
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