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STHM scholar presents monograph on 'Migration, Micro-Business and Tourism'

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Dr Trupp explains the details of his book during its launch at the USP Laucala Campus.

Dr. Alexander Trupp, a senior lecturer at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), recently published a research monograph titled “Migration, Micro-Business and Tourism in Thailand. Highlanders in the City” with the prestigious publishing house Routledge.

In the context of a STHM-hosted book launch on 4 April 2017, Dr. Trupp presented and discussed his publication with an academic audience.

The book investigates the social, economic, and political embedding of informal souvenir sellers in an urban tourism context. Based on extensive field research, it presents a detailed analysis of urban-directed mobility patterns and discusses strategies and dilemmas in urban souvenir businesses. It offers an understanding of daily practices between unequally powerful actors related to ethnic minority tourism in urban contexts, and systematically integrates individual and collective action into socio-economic and politico-institutional contexts.

“I hope that this analysis of micro tourist businesses can give a stronger voice to marginalised groups in urban tourism and that city and tourism stakeholders increasingly view migrant and ethnic diversity as an opportunity rather than a risk,” Dr. Trupp said.

Head of STHM, Professor Marcus Stephenson stated that, “The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is very proud of Dr Trupp’s book, which looks at tourism’s interrelationship with migration and micro-businesses”.

“It is great to see how the School’s research profile is highly international, specialising not only on such regions as the South Pacific and the Middle East but indeed Southeast Asia. The book launch was a success and we certainly learnt a lot about this important topic,” Professor Stephenson remarked.

After the book presentation, Dr. Trupp, who also acts as editor-in-chief of the SCOPUS-indexed Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS) shared his experiences with postgraduate students on how to get books published.

Dr. Trupp aims to continue his research on tourism and micro-entrepreneurship in a South Pacific Island context. 

The book is available as hard copy and eBook publication and for further information please see or contact STHM.


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