By Kevin Hannam, Anya Diekmann
Development on past paintings on backpacking, this publication takes the research of backpacker tourism additional through enticing either with new theoretical debates into tourism reports and mobilities in addition to with new empirical phenomena equivalent to the increase of the ‘flashpacker' and replacement locations. Chapters contain fabric on flashpacking, the virtualization of backpacker tradition, the re-conceptualisation of way of life travelers, backpackers as volunteer travelers, in addition to backpackers' reports of hostels, mobilities and their coverage implications. It units a brand new benchmark for the examine of autonomous go back and forth within the modern global.
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After completion, the same bure was rented out to independent travellers at FJ$110 per night. Thus, within a week or so of occupancy, the net construction costs of the bure are recovered. Other resorts in the Yasawas provided more basic ‘western-style’ weatherboard and wooden huts with tin roofing, balconies facing the beach with fans and some with en suites; these were more expensive to construct, with figures quoted to the researchers varying from the FJ$8000 to FJ$12,000 mark, depending on the level of luxury.
By contrast, small-scale tourism developments, such as those serving the independent traveller market, have far lower rates of economic leakage. The Fijian independent traveller/backpacker industry, which is becoming increasingly centred on small-scale resort development in the Yasawa Islands, bears an inherent advantage over other developing destinations in that the majority of businesses are indigenously owned and operated by employees from the local villages. This is partially due to the administrative difficulty that foreigners have in leasing land in the island chain, as well as a strong interest in the development of small-scale tourism from local villagers.
Also, perhaps more seriously, it is not at all clear at present whether or not, overall, the backpacker experience has actually made any real difference to them or their values, lifestyle or other choices, or was it just a gap year before they rejoined the normal existence of work and career, starting a family, getting a mortgage etc.? The third space, what I call here ‘political space’, concerns the thorny issues of power and power relations, that is, in essence the question of 20 Beyond Backpacker Tourism who wins and who loses from hosting backpacker tourism, particularly in LDCs.