Tourism As A Vehicle Of Reconciliation In ‘Post-Conflict’ Bangladesh: Indigenous Community Perspectives On Tourism Development In The Chittagong Hill Tracts

Gareth Butler, Gerti Szili, Khokaneswar Tripura

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Abstract

This study explored the views of Bangladesh’s indigenous Jumma people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) towards current tourism developments in a ‘post-conflict’ environment. Primarily, it has identified a range of positive outcomes and the key challenges encountered since the cessation of hostilities in 1997 that resulted in the creation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord (1997). This study is one of the first of its kind in offering indigenous narratives on tourism development discourse in Bangladesh. Based on in-depth interviews with 27 indigenous business owners and employees in the CHT tourism sector, this paper applies the community capitals framework (CCF) to explore how the growth of tourism has led to community development outcomes. The findings reveal that many human andsocial capital benefits have been realised through tourism development, including greater economic stability, an improvement in living standards, and the perception amongst respondents of brighter prospects for their families. However, although several respondents reported that tourism had in part performed as a vehicle of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Bangladeshis, a number of political and cultural challenges still remained. These included a perceived lack of government support towards further tourism development and continued feelings of mistrust between some indigenous hosts and non-indigenous domestic tourists. Thus, this paper not only provides indigenous insights into the nature of tourism development, but also offers recommendations from their perspective so that the benefits of tourism may become further pronounced in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages75-75
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021
EventCAUTHE 2021 Conference Online: Transformations in Uncertain Times: Future perfect in tourism, hospitality and events - , Australia
Duration: 9 Feb 202112 Feb 2021
https://forumgroup.eventsair.com/cauthe2021/

Conference

ConferenceCAUTHE 2021 Conference Online
CountryAustralia
Period9/02/2112/02/21
OtherIn keeping with the theme, Transformations in Uncertain Times: Future perfect in tourism, hospitality and events, recent trends and developments have required us all to transform the way we live, work, travel, study and socialise. In this state of flux and new context, the online CAUTHE 2021 conference provides a great opportunity for CAUTHE to expand its reach and impact by welcoming and encompassing into its program scholars from all over the globe as well as enabling them to exchange knowledge, deepen and establish new international collaborations.

The CAUTHE 2021 conference aims to advance current debates regarding transformations and future directions in tourism, hospitality and events. To that end, the conference brings together scholars, researchers, professionals and policymakers, to stimulate discussions and the exchange of research findings and ideas pertaining, but not limited to questions addressing the conference theme.
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Keywords

  • Tourism development
  • Bangladesh
  • Post-conflict
  • Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)

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