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Local tourism businesses in Indonesia: a pathway to crisis resilient development?


Dahles, H and Prabawa, TS and Koning, J, Local tourism businesses in Indonesia: a pathway to crisis resilient development? , ASEAS: Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, 13, (1) pp. 17-33. ISSN 1999-253X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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The aim of this paper is to explore ways in which small tourism-based enterprises can offer a crisis-resilient pathway to sustainable development. Based on a mixed-embeddedness framework, this paper explores the multiple strategies that small enterprises in the silver souvenir industry of Kotagede (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) applied to cope with hardship during the Indonesian decade of crisis (1996-2006). The data on which this paper builds stem from qualitative research conducted in Yogyakarta over a time span of 20 years. This paper makes two contributions to the current literature. The first contribution is to offer empirical, longitudinal, primary data on small-firm performances against the background of fluctuations in the tourism industry. The second contribution is conceptual, arguing that an embeddedness approach, sensitive to location-specific characteristics, promises a better understanding of small tourism enterprises as crisis-resilient development path- ways. In doing so, this paper also asserts that small businesses, due to their embeddedness in household economies and subcontracting arrangements that include rural labor, have the capacity to become agents of the United Nationís Sustainable Development Goals.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:souvenir industry, small business, sustainable development goals, local economy, resilience, Indonesia
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Impacts of tourism
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Economic issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Dahles, H (Professor Heidi Dahles)
ID Code:146110
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-08-20
Last Modified:2021-09-28
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