Dependency and development in northern Thailand

R. Geoffrey Lacher, Sanjay K. Nepal

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    Critics of tourism as a tool for development in poor rural regions have frequently used the dependency theory to examine why a destination area remains underdeveloped. Applications of the dependency theory have been largely restricted to international scales; there is a dearth of studies conducted at smaller spatial scales. This study examines leakages of tourism revenues at four villages in Northern Thailand to illustrate the dependent relationship between a city and its rural hinterland. Study results are based on a survey of 43 small businesses and 40 interviews. Results indicate significant proportion of leakages of village revenues, between 15 and 61%, depending on several factors and strategies adopted by each village.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)947-968
    Number of pages22
    JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Oct 2010


    • Dependency theory
    • Economic impacts
    • Leakages
    • Northern Thailand

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Development
    • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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