Utopia or dystopia – deterrents to ecotourism development in Fiji

Prentice, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7700-3889 and Kundra, Sakul and Alam, Mumtaz and Alam, Mohammad Afsar and Nguyen, Mai (2021) Utopia or dystopia – deterrents to ecotourism development in Fiji. Tourism Geographies. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1461-6688


This paper draws on sustainability and ecotourism literature and aims to identify the deterrents to ecotourism development. The research opted to use Abaca Ecotourism Park, located in the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park in Western Viti Levu Fiji, as a case study. Three studies exploring management, local residents, and tourists’ perspectives were undertaken to determine the factors that deter from the further development of the selected ecotourism project. Study 1 conducted an interview with the management team of the ecotourism park to gain insights into the factors that influenced the project’s development. Study 2 was undertaken with the villagers who reside in the region where the ecotourism park is located. Longitudinal secondary research covering 20 years of data was used in Study 3 to identify tourists’ visitation and consumption patterns. Some findings were consistent across the three studies. The results reveal a range of deterrents to the ecotourism development, including infrastructure constraints, issues related to inequality, overdependence on neighbouring countries, and political vulnerabilities. The implications for the literature and practitioners conclude the paper.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2022 22:41
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 23:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecotourism; Fiji; sustainability; tourism deterrents
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350799 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3506 Marketing > 350699 Marketing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280106 Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2021.2016931
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49834

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