Sustainability of shoreline tourism in regional development setting

The challenge of product integration

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Shoreline and coastal areas have long been recognised as a magnet of tourist travels due to their magnificent landscapes and unique recreational activities. Yet as they are being developed these areas are faced with numerous social, economic, environment and spatial issues and challenges. While many aspects of these problems have been studied, little work, however, has been done with regard to the particular problems and challenges of shoreline tourism in regional development contexts. To contribute to the narrowing of this research gap, this article enquires into the state of shoreline tourism in Malaysia's Iskandar regional development area with the purpose of identifying the main issues currently besetting the progress of shoreline tourism there. The methods comprised analyses of primary data gathered from a workshop involving stakeholders responsible for the planning and development of the shoreline areas and from a field survey of 26 observation points. The results showed that many of the existing economic, social and environmental issues in the area's shoreline tourism were closely related to its lack of product integration. In line with the context of regional development, the study recommended that the authorities stimulate and foster inter connectivity in and within the region in order to ensure the sustainability of its shoreline tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-92
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume13
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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environmental issue
field survey
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Keywords

  • Globalising region
  • Shoreline tourism
  • Sustainable development
  • Tourism assets

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