| || || Movono, Apisalome Rakarawa Naisoso|
| || || Tourism's impact on communal development in Fiji : a case study of the socio-economic impacts of the Warwick Resort and spa and the Naviti Resort on the indigenous Fijian villages of Votua and Vatuolalai|
Author:Movono, Apisalome Rakarawa Naisoso
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: Pac G 155 .F5 M68 2012
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: In the past decades, tourism has grown in prominence as an industry that has the potential to support the ambitions of Small Island Developing States in the Pacific. In Fiji, tourism is its largest foreign exchange earner, largest contributor to GDP and the largest employer and is held in high regard as a catalyst for the development of Fijian communities. To date, very few studies have been undertaken to assess the extent to which tourism has contributed to the development of Fijian communities nor is there sufficient empirical evidence to adequately understand the impact that tourism has had on the often complex socio-cultural character of indigenous communities. Two villages, Votua and Vatuolalai were selected as case studies for this research because of their history as being one of the first indigenous communities to participate in tourism. Multiple research methods were employed to gather empirical data, including qualitative as well as quantitative tools such as researcher-administered questionnaires, participant observations and interviews. The two case studies have demonstrated that tourism, through its economic benefits, has been a catalyst for the economic and social development of its people and community. Changes observed in these communities are indicative of the length of time and collective influences that have contributed to their development. The shift from a subsistence/semi-subsistence economy to that of a cash oriented society is evidence of the 40 years of influence that tourism, amongst other developmental factors, has had on these communities. Greater understanding must be gained by indigenous Fijians on how tourism affects their culture and way of life so that choices are made on how best to develop and adapt to the requirements of changing times.