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Lide Li

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Beyond ecotourism


Ecotourism in East and Southeast Asia is unrivaled regarding the diversity of landscapes and ethnic cultures. However, under ecotourism’s name, a new type of mass tourism development is reaching further to the original untouched area without good tourism management and education. The destination infrastructure is not ready for the increasing number of people each year, for example, causing seas of rubbish. Meanwhile, the ecotourism industry is still dominated by global agencies with influence beyond the specific local environment. The influx of foreign capital intervention removes profits from the local area. This research would like to level the field for corporate providers and local businesses, provide guidelines for local infrastructure, spatial development and explore a kind of facility that incentivises local innovation in the tourism industry and ecotourism education in the post-covid situation. One such facility is Living Lab, which are seldom researched and implemented in East and Southeast Asia. This research investigates the role of the Living Labs in helping the ecotourism industry: what does it mean by design resilience in the ecotourism destination community, and what the difficulty is when promoting such institutions.


Sandakan, Malaysia



Lide Li

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