| || || Sakai, Sefanaia|
| || || The socio-economic, cultural and environmental sustainability of indigenous tourism in Yasawa and indigenous tourism initiatives in Essipit, Canada |
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: pac In Process
Copyright:60-80% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: Generally indigenous communities all over the world are often disadvantaged with regards to their socio-economic standings compared to other ethnic groups. These differences are caused by many factors including colonial and neo-colonial exploitation, overused natural resources, geographical isolation and poor academic performances. Despite these challenges, many indigenous groups are actively participating in business ventures to improve their standard of living in the different geographical boundaries they call their own. Tourism is one business that indigenous people actively participate in because of the reliance of the industry on the natural and cultural environment of the indigenous people. This study discusses the socio-economic, cultural and environmental sustainability of indigenous tourism in Yasawa, Fiji and indigenous tourism initiatives in Essipit, Canada by using administered and selfadministered questionnaires and in-depth interviews as methods of research. The outcomes of the research show that indigenous people can become successful tourism operators if they follow proper business ethics, are given proper financial assistance, forge proper business partnerships, restrict financial contributions towards traditional commitments and diversify tourism with non-tourism economic activities. The sustainability and success in tourism is a source of aspiration for indigenous communities; for striving to better their livelihoods and achieving self autonomy, economic independence, land reclamation, cultural revival and environmental conservation.