Dr Mark Hampton, the University’s Director of CENTICA – the Centre for Tourism in Islands in Coastal Areas, part of Kent Business School – will lead a team of experts exploring the economic and social impacts of international dive tourism in Malaysia.
The project, which is one of the first of its kind, is the latest collaboration between the University of Kent and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
CENTICA was awarded more than £33,000 from the British Council in order to lead the two-year project. The funding is part of the Prime Minster’s Initiative Programme, which aims to strengthen Britain’s economic and educational ties with certain key countries.
Dr Hampton, who also runs the University’s Tourism Management degree programme, based at the Medway campus, said he was delighted to be starting what promised to be ground-breaking work. ‘Scuba diving is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and Malaysia is a world-class destination for divers,’ he said. ‘But research to date has primarily been by marine scientists into the physical impacts of diving, mainly on coral reefs.
‘Little is known about the economic and business consequences for a rapidly developing nation such as Malaysia. We want to know what impact international dive tourism is having on the local economy and local communities. We’ll be trying to find the winners and losers – establishing who is reaping the benefits and seeing if the money is being retained in the local economy.
‘We aim to generate a whole new body of research that, alongside environmental studies, will inform debate over the role of dive tourism in developing countries. Ultimately, we hope to see whether this type of tourism is sustainable for the local destinations,’ Dr Hampton said.
The research team will be commencing fieldwork this summer in three main sites – Sipadan Island in Sabah, East Malaysia, Redang Island in West Malaysia and the Perhentian Islands. The findings of the project will be presented at a conference in Malaysia for the international tourism industry next year.
Dr Hampton has worked alongside Professor Amran Hamzah of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia on two previous research projects. The first, in 2006, was a £50,000 study funded by the Malaysian government to assess the impact of backpacker tourism in the Asia Pacific region. Last year the pair teamed up for a pilot study of cross-border tourism between Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Last year Dr Hampton was honoured by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia by being appointed Visiting Professor of Tourism.
Nick Ellwood | alfa
Microtechnology industry is hiring – positive developments of past years continue
09.04.2018 | IVAM Fachverband für Mikrotechnik
RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index with minor decline on a high overall level
20.03.2018 | RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have come up with a striking new addition to contact stamping technologies in the ERDF research project ScanCut. In collaboration with industry partners from North Rhine-Westphalia, the Aachen-based team of researchers developed a hybrid manufacturing process for the laser cutting of thin-walled metal strips. This new process makes it possible to fabricate even the tiniest details of contact parts in an eco-friendly, high-precision and efficient manner.
Plug connectors are tiny and, at first glance, unremarkable – yet modern vehicles would be unable to function without them. Several thousand plug connectors...
An international research team has found a new approach that may be able to reduce bone loss in osteoporosis and maintain bone health.
Osteoporosis is the most common age-related bone disease which affects hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide. It is estimated that one in three women...
Traditional single-cell sequencing methods help to reveal insights about cellular differences and functions - but they do this with static snapshots only...
“Core-shell” clusters pave the way for new efficient nanomaterials that make catalysts, magnetic and laser sensors or measuring devices for detecting electromagnetic radiation more efficient.
Whether in innovative high-tech materials, more powerful computer chips, pharmaceuticals or in the field of renewable energies, nanoparticles – smallest...
An international research team with Prof. Cornelia Denz from the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Münster develop for the first time light fields using caustics that do not change during propagation. With the new method, the physicists cleverly exploit light structures that can be seen in rainbows or when light is transmitted through drinking glasses.
Modern applications as high resolution microsopy or micro- or nanoscale material processing require customized laser beams that do not change during...
23.07.2020 | Event News
21.07.2020 | Event News
07.07.2020 | Event News
06.08.2020 | Earth Sciences
06.08.2020 | Power and Electrical Engineering
06.08.2020 | Life Sciences