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Island tourism and sustainability: a case study of the Lakshadweep Islands

Kokkranikal, J.J. and Baum, T.G. and MacLellan, R.L. (2003) Island tourism and sustainability: a case study of the Lakshadweep Islands. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 11 (4). pp. 426-447. ISSN 0966-9582

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Lakshadweep archipelago, off the southwestern coast of India, is a relatively little known island tourism destination. With a very fragile environment, traditional society and marginal economy, and almost entirely dependent on the mainland, Lakshadweep has been developing tourism as an important economic activity. With its geographical and environmental limitations, sustainability is a major issue in Lakshadweep tourism. However, the islands seem to have turned these limitations to their advantage by developing and managing tourism in a controlled manner. This paper considers the development of tourism in Lakshadweep islands within the context of sustainability. Examining the structural and developmental features of Lakshadweep tourism, the paper aims to identify specific development and management patterns, and explores potential strategies for promoting sustainability-oriented tourism in Lakshadweep.