Challenges of including local women in community-based tourism in Maldives

case of Baa Atoll

WAHEED, Aishath Shamrath

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Maldives and its booming tourism industry has opened wide doors for visitors to explore beyond the resort sector of Maldives. As for the communities, this research explores their potential for community-based tourism with the introduction of guesthouse industry. Although, the arising issue of low participation of women in community-based tourism has become a concern that needs to be addressed. Therefore, this qualitative research focuses on the barriers women face in being an inclusive part of community-based tourism as well as the factors of low participation. Research is based on two islands of Baa Atoll which are B. Dharavandhoo and B.Maalhos. This study was focused on two parties; local women and local authority- the island council. Data for this research was done through field observations, In-depth interviews of local women and focus group interviews of island council representatives. Data collection methods were triangulated and arranged in a sequential order for a more systematic and easy analysis procedure. Finally, Challenges, Factors of low participation of women and the suggestions by local authorities were clearly identified through a thematic analysis.

Choi, Seul ki
KDI School, Master of Development Policy
Issue Date
KDI School
Thesis(Master) -- KDI School: Master of Development Policy, 2021
Tourism--Maldives; Tourism--Management
1 Introduction

2 Literature Review

3 Methodology

4 Findings and Discussions

5 Conclusion
53 p
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