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Tourism and the environment : case studies on Goa, India, and the Maldives, Volume 1
 
Author:Sawkar, Kalidas; Noronha, Ligia; Mascarenhas, Antonio; Chauhan, O.S.; Saeed, Simad; Collection Title: * World Bank Institute (WBI) case studies
Country:Maldives; India; Date Stored:2003/01/22
Document Date:1998/01/01Document Type:Publication
SubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Tourism and Ecotourism; City Development Strategies; Accommodation & Tourism Industry; Cultural Heritage & PreservationISBN:ISBN 0-8213-7134
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Environment
Region:South AsiaReport Number:19681
Sub Sectors:(Historic)Other environmentVolume No:1

Summary: The two papers included in this set review the impacts of tourism on the environment in the State of Goa, India and in the Republic of the Maldives. Tourism plays an important role in the economies of both Goa and the Maldives. Compared with their giant neighboring states, Goa and the Maldives are small, but blessed among others with local attractions, good beaches, and sunshine that draw tourists from near and far. Although both states capitalizes on their comparative environmental advantages, Goa also capitalizes on its unique historical and cultural heritage while the Maldives on its unique archipelagic and coral reef marine environment. Their products and approaches to tourism development are very different: Goa promotes heterogeneous tourism development with upscale and inexpensive charter tourism to international and domestic audiences while the Maldives concentrates on upscale, international tourism. The experiences in tourism of Goa and the Maldives vary in terms of their environment impacts, social issues and conflicts, and institutional responses. There is much that Goa and the Maldives can learn from each other. Other states could also learn from the experiences of these two tourist spots in South Asia.

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