'The Best Island on the Globe': constantly constructing tourism on Niue

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Though islands have some comparative advantages for tourism, developing a tourist industry has often been hampered by isolation, poor connections and limited marketing. Despite a series of plans and promotions, tourism in the small Polynesian island of Niue has never reached its frequently anticipated potential because of poor airline connectivity and capacity and limited local attractions. Nevertheless the permanently 'infant industry' plays a key role in contributing to the fiction of developing a private sector to escape from aid dependence and hint at a sustainable future. Tourism has, however, remained significantly, even increasingly, influenced by the public sector, as Niue increasingly becomes a 'government island'.

Keywords: Niue; Pacific Islands; Tourism; economic development

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049180601175832

Affiliations: University of Sydney, Australia

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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