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Does tourism cause malnutrition? They seem to be connected

Bolabola, Cema (1981) Does tourism cause malnutrition? They seem to be connected. Pacific Perspective, 10 (1). pp. 72-77. ISSN 0379-525X

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The tourists attracted to the Pacific Islands have had a "demonstration effect" on the local population. Locals see the tourists every day and social change is the shock-wave of tourism. Islanders have begun to dress like tourists, drink freely like tourists, and develop "pop-traditional" dancing for tourists. One such effect is seen in deteriorating dietary patterns. The paper focuses on an example from Fiji where employment in the tourist industry has taken over from agriculture as the main economic activity. The study aimed to give some indication of a new large hotel on the nearby villages in employment status, the changes in taste and the nutritional value of the diet, and to see how tourism, through hotels, has influenced these changing tastes. It is shown that the tourist industry is influencing all aspects of Pacific culture and living habits. It brings foreign exchange and employment, but it has also eroded the natives' tastes for their traditional foods, giving them poorer nutrition than they had before. If tourism is to be a continuing industry and is to become an integrated and beneficial aspect of Pacific economics and societies, it will have to take a broader view of its obligations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL)
Depositing User: Generic Account
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 21:28
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 21:28

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