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A study exploring the barriers to local residents’ participation in the process of community-based tourism planning and development in a developing country. Focusing on the case of Houay Kaeng Village in Sayabouly Province, Laos, a qualitative exploratory study was conducted by adopting in-depth interviews with the various levels of local community’s members. The key barriers to local community participation identified in this research include: (1) low education levels and lack of knowledge about tourism; (2) poor living conditions and lack of financial support; (3) busy daily routine and lack of time for tourism participation; (4) local community’s perception of tourism as a seasonal business with low income; and (5) power disparities, institutional disincentives and local’s distrust in authorities. The results suggest that only a small number of the local residents in the village were satisfied with their current and on-going participation expressing their strong willingness to continue in participating in the process of tourism planning and development, whereas a large group of the residents were not willing to do it at all in the future. The paper further discusses implications for the government and communities in regard to community-based sustainable tourism development.

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Field Value
Document type Conference/workshop proceedings and presentations
Language of document
  • English
  • Civil and political rights
  • Civil society
  • Environmental and biodiversity protection
  • Provincial and local governments
  • Tourism
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-4.0
Author (individual) Kim, Sangkyun
Co-author (individual) Park, Eerang; Phandanouvong, Toulakham
Publisher EDP Sciences
Publication date 2014
Pagination 8 p.
General note

SHS Web of Conferences,Volume 12

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Date modified June 29, 2015, 10:02 (UTC)