Incorporating a Local Sense of Place: Cultural Sustainability in Tourism Destinations

By Luh Micke Anggraini.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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The world is changing, and, without a doubt, there is a growing interconnectedness of people and places driving the changing nature of place. Tourism, along with other mobilities across the globe, creates significant transformation in destination regions. Globally induced changes are experienced broadly and at the local level. The proliferations of tourism can engender rapid local economic growth with infrastructure and amenities constructed in destination areas responding to visitor growth. However, it is argued that the development of tourism also presents numerous problems for the cultural, natural, and built environments in which local people live their everyday lives. The changes induced by tourism can obviously be physical but they can have social and cultural dimensions. A particular concern is the potential impact of changes that have social significance, in the sense that they affect people’s lives or their quality of life, and threaten indigenous values. This study suggests the need to investigate how these changes might affect or compromise the sense of place of a person or a community and the meanings associated with a place after its exposure to tourism. Understanding better how resident communities perceive these changes in their locality, how these transformations (induced by tourism) have reshaped local values and their sense of place, and, therefore, how “sense of place” approaches might inform tourism planning at the local level is crucial to cultural sustainability.

Keywords: Local Sense of Place, Cultural Sustainability, Tourism

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.47-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 1, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.057MB)).

Dr. Luh Micke Anggraini

Lecturer, Tourism Research and Development, Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Nusa Dua Bali, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia