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The host population – what they expectand what they get from tourism

In the cycle presented in Chapter 1 of our book, the native population of the holiday areas are the people on the other side of the fence, the hosts, willing or otherwise. How do they view tourism? What are their motives, interests and needs? And what do they actually get out of tourism?

The silent local

‘Tourists are the most dangerous of enemies because one needs them. There are various reasons why one cannot simply kill them as one did with enemies in earlier times. But one can be silent.’ (From a Greek text on tourism in Crete.)30

Here one would expect the locals to be given a hearing. It ought to be possible to find studies in which they present their views, describe ...

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