Today tourism is a buzzword for a quick and easy development paradigm. Yet, stories of both glory and horror in tourism abound. The glory stories are often related to income and employment generation, the attraction of foreign exchange, the opportunities that tourism could provide for regional, rural and community development, as well as the opportunity to use tourism as a means for education in history, culture, nature and conservation. The horror stories, on the other hand, tend to emphasize the unstable nature of tourism, its possible uneven impact on income distribution in favor of the better-off and its negative impact on society, culture and the environment.
The talk by Prof. Mingsarn Kaosa-ard, President of the Public Policy Studies Institute Foundation (PPSIF), at 5-7.30pm on 22 November at SEA Junction will cover the new face of tourism in SEA dominated by tourists from China and the new opportunities and risks that emerge.
SEA Junction — OUR venue to connect on Southeast Asia (see www.seajunction.org)
Public Policy Studies Institute Foundation. (PPSIF) – Aims to foster policy research in the interest of the poor and the vulnerable. (see http://www.ppsi.or.th)