While much research has focused on international tourism, comparatively little academic work has been done on native holiday travels. Yet many countries have a rich tradition of domestic travel and holidaying which not only predates, but also exceeds, mass international travel. This is particularly the case in Asia where recent economic prosperity and trends in globalization have not merely spurred, but continue to shape traditions in domestic tourism.
This book is the first to address specifically the continuities and changes in domestic tourism in Asia. It explores the ethos of domestic travel and holiday-making in order to understand the distinctive common strands that underlie conventional and contemporary tourism practices, in the local-global backdrop.The range of countries covered in case studies is considerable, including those with patrimonial histories, namely China and India, the economically developed nation-state of Japan and the microstates of Taiwan, Singapore, Macao and Hong Kong, besides the coastal countries of Malaysia, Philippines, Laos and Vietnam, as well as the land-locked countries of Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. The book presents some of the many interfaces of Asian cultural and natural heritages with tourism, while giving due considerations to the political and economic realities of today. In doing so, it identifies and analyzes major themes in Asian domestic tourism.
This is the first book to describe and analyze the rapidly expanding domestic tourism sectors within Asia. It addresses conflicts and issues associated with cultural heritage and economic development. It includes a wide range of detailed case studies from across Asia, including Central Asia, China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka and South-east Asia.