Host perspectives on ethnic minority tourism in Northern Thailand
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In recent years tourism scholarship has increasingly recognized the role and importance of host perspectives in ethnic minority tourism. The main aim of this paper is to explicate the opinions and perceptions of ethnic minority communities in Northern Thailand. By drawing on emerging concepts of the host gaze I aim to further the understanding of how local residents in the field of ethnic tourism perceive and gaze upon the various actors and dimensions of ethnic tourism. Based on a qualitative research study employing semi-structured interviews and participant observation in two minority villages with different touristic intensity, this paper uncovers local perspectives on and gazes upon different types of tourists, tour guides and tensions in ethnic tourism such as modernization versus exoticism or the question of tourism and cultural revitalization.
Trupp, A. (2014) 'Host perspectives on ethnic minority tourism in Northern Thailand', Journal of Tourism Consumption and Practice, 6(1), p.52-80