The competitiveness of native entrepreneurs in island tourism business

Abdul Malek A Tambi, Yahaya Ibrahim

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Abstract

The community of tourism-based entrepreneurs who were native to the several islands at the west coast and east coast of peninsula Malaysia often did not have access to information on the government's local infrastructural development projects. They were not capable of measuring up with mega projects and the large development capacities associated with them. A questionnaire survey was conducted to assess their competitiveness on the basis of several variables such as self-management system, organisational management, business networking, and marketing strategy. It was found that many entrepreneurs set up a variety of ancillary tourism businesses. Many entrepreneurs reported earning substantial revenue and increased in asset ownership from their business hence confirming the prevalent believe that the tourism sector creates business opportunities that could raise the standard of living of the local community. Most entrepreneurs did not apply computer technology in their business, thus missing a powerful means of achieving operational efficiency. The entrepreneurs networked with high quality suppliers who provided excellent service. Many entrepreneurs in Perhentian, Tioman, and Pangkor did not require nor receive political assistance to support their business. They possessed the necessary skills and competencies to run their business and ensure its survival. They however needed a support system that provides good services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5381-5390
Number of pages10
JournalMan in India
Volume96
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Tambi, A. M. A., & Ibrahim, Y. (2016). The competitiveness of native entrepreneurs in island tourism business. Man in India, 96(12), 5381-5390.

The competitiveness of native entrepreneurs in island tourism business. / Tambi, Abdul Malek A; Ibrahim, Yahaya.

In: Man in India, Vol. 96, No. 12, 2016, p. 5381-5390.

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Tambi, AMA & Ibrahim, Y 2016, 'The competitiveness of native entrepreneurs in island tourism business', Man in India, vol. 96, no. 12, pp. 5381-5390.
Tambi, Abdul Malek A ; Ibrahim, Yahaya. / The competitiveness of native entrepreneurs in island tourism business. In: Man in India. 2016 ; Vol. 96, No. 12. pp. 5381-5390.
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