Ethnic equality, national identity and selective cultural representation in tourism promotion: Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

PALMER, N. J. (2007). Ethnic equality, national identity and selective cultural representation in tourism promotion: Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Journal of sustainable tourism, 15 (6), p. 645.

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Abstract

This paper considers ethnic equality and stakeholder involvement in relation to tourism as a tool to build national identity in post-Soviet, post-communist Central Asia. Both issues are integral to the development of sustainable tourism. The discussion reviews national identity issues and inter-ethnic challenges facing post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, and focuses on the responses of Kyrgyz tour operators to the emphasis of tourism promotion on ethnic Kyrgyz cultural heritage, excluding other ethnic groups and heritage. Despite a high degree of tour operator freedom from the State, a surprising degree of operator support for this promotional bias is noted, in contrast to the reported ethnic conflict over affirmative discrimination towards the ethnic Kyrgyz population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnic equality, Kyrgyzstan, nationalism, tourism promotion, tour operators
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research
Identification Number: 10.2167/jost826.0
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 14 May 2008
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2010 16:54
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/846

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