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Author: Stephen Pratt and David Harrison [Editor]

ISBN: 978-1-138-77535-0


Publisher: Routledge

Edition: 2015

Price: NA

Pages: 298

REVIEW: I love the Pacific Islands. My English grandfather was General Manager of Morris Hedstrom in the South Pacific for many years in the 1900s and my father was born and raised in Fiji. He subsequently served there for the duration of WWII with the NZ Army. So naturally it was in my genes that I would travel to the Pacific Islands which I have done many times by air, cruise ship and yacht over the past fifty years. Thus given the opportunity to review this book I jumped at the chance. It is a fine collection of papers arranged in the three themesof ‘Images of the South Pacific’, ‘Socio-economic impacts of tourism’ and ‘Pacific island countries and the outside world’. Overall the book comprises fifteen chapters in four parts covering the specific countries of Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Niue. In addition other chapters cover the broader region with one focussing on the French Pacific. In Part 1, the first two chapters provide the reader with a general introduction to tourism in the region. Chapter 1, written by the book’s two editors, is a brief introduction to tourist arrivals in the region then notes some of the resultant issues and challenges. The second chapter unpacks tourism in the French Pacific (Anne-Marie D’Hauteserre).It describes the French Pacific, notes its dependence on France, then discusses tourism’s role in the region’s development. She concludes that ‘tourism is seen by many as a tool for development, an economic driver that provides employment for people with few skills, and … that tourism’s potential in the region is far from being met’ (p33).

  Reviewed By: Ross Dowling, Edith Cowan University
Issue: V5N2
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