Tourism, modernisation and development on the island of Cyprus: challenges and policy responses

Sharpley, Richard (2003) Tourism, modernisation and development on the island of Cyprus: challenges and policy responses. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 11 (2/3). pp. 246-265. ISSN 0966-9582

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Abstract

The role of tourism as an agent of development in small island states is virtually
universal. Indeed, for many islands, tourism is the principal source of employment and
foreign exchange earnings and the dominant economic sector. Nevertheless, many
commentators suggest that island tourismis characterisedby dependency, a condition
which, according to development theory, restricts development. As a result, sustainable
tourismdevelopment is widely seenas a solution tothe problemof islandtourism.
This paper, however, argues that this is not necessarily the case. Based on a case study
of Cyprus, it demonstrates that,despite its inherent dependency, tourism has proved to
be an effective vehicle of development. Moreover, it is the development of mass
tourismas a modernising growth pole that has contributed to the remarkable socioeconomic
development of the island since the mid-1970s. Therefore, it suggests that, far
from being a solution, the current policy for promoting sustainable or ‘quality’ tourism
is not only inappropriatebutmay actuallyhinder the furtherdevelopment of Cyprus

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Additional Information:The role of tourism as an agent of development in small island states is virtually universal. Indeed, for many islands, tourism is the principal source of employment and foreign exchange earnings and the dominant economic sector. Nevertheless, many commentators suggest that island tourismis characterisedby dependency, a condition which, according to development theory, restricts development. As a result, sustainable tourismdevelopment is widely seenas a solution tothe problemof islandtourism. This paper, however, argues that this is not necessarily the case. Based on a case study of Cyprus, it demonstrates that,despite its inherent dependency, tourism has proved to be an effective vehicle of development. Moreover, it is the development of mass tourismas a modernising growth pole that has contributed to the remarkable socioeconomic development of the island since the mid-1970s. Therefore, it suggests that, far from being a solution, the current policy for promoting sustainable or ‘quality’ tourism is not only inappropriatebutmay actuallyhinder the furtherdevelopment of Cyprus
Keywords:Cyprus tourism
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N840 International Tourism
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:588
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:27 Sep 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:22

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