As a pluralistic nation, Malaysia consists of diverse ethnic groups of people with various cultures that integrate harmonious and peaceful living in a politically stable and wonderfully rich environmental setting. Due to such unique features, people from abroad become largely attracted to this land and thus frequently arrive here as visitors and tourists. There are tremendous amounts of attractions for the visitors and tourists, and people from various backgrounds arrive to stay here temporarily, generating around RM65 billion in foreign earnings, adding to its national coffer every year. Nevertheless, tourism also causes a major negative effect in which the local culture may be assimilated into the alien norms and behaviors through the continuous process of acculturation. Due to day-to-day interactions with the tourists and visitors, many sociocultural impacts have affected local values, which contextually require to be redefined. This book analyzes critically the sociocultural and environmental impacts of tourism in Malaysia, having collected both qualitative and quantitative data at the empirical level of investigation.
In an age when church attendances are falling across the world, a church in the small West Midlands town of Stourbridge continues to defy those national and international trends, as it has done since its founding in 1926. Why should it be that the Spiritualist religion is thriving in a quiet suburb when many city cathedrals are unable to boost their congregations? Eric Hatton, the author of this book, would no doubt say that it is because Spiritualism proclaims a message of crucial importance to everyone - that we cannot die, and that those in the next world who love us find joy, and in turn bring joy to us, by communicating from beyond the so-called grave. While no doubt agreeing with Eric's view, those who know him well would surely add that Stourbridge National Spiritualist Church has become the beacon it is today as a result of his inspirational involvement and leadership over almost seventy years. Here, he tells the full story of Spiritualism's most successful church with the characteristic openness and gentle humour for which he is known and loved throughout the movement.
Following the successful format of the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs series, Simon Warren rides, photographs, describes, maps and profiles the 100 greatest climbs of the Tour de France. Published in the same unique â€˜cycling jersey pocket sizedâ€™ format as Simonâ€™s earlier books, this will be his biggest book to date, with each climb given a spread. There have been large format illustrated books on the hills of the tour published in the past, but none in such a portable format, and none which so vividly describe the experience of cycling these hills from the point of view of an amateur cyclist.
From the creators of hit CBeebies series Pop Shop comes a brand-new range of six energetic picture books, all about MAKING MUSIC! Meet Elephant, whose trumpeting is too loud for the family band. Sing-along with TV and pop stars Carrie and David Grant in an exciting new picture book and audio series for children who love music. Each beautifully illustrated picture book is accompanied by an audio book featuring narration, songs to join in with and lesson plans written by Carrie and David. So what are you waiting for? Kids who love books and music can just JUMP UP and JOIN IN! Devised by the world's leading vocal coaches Carrie and David Grant - who have worked with everyone from Take That to The Saturdays, on Fame Academy to Songs of Praise - these books combine music-themed stories with important lessons.
International tourism is expected to be a major vehicle of economic development in industrializing countries in the 21st century, especially for Asia. To generate long-term growth, countries with tourism-based economies must develop strategies for employing their comparative advantages to achieve competitive advantages. However, competitiveness in the tourist industry is multi-dimensional and complex. This study evaluates the competitiveness of the Taiwanese tourism sector by a multi-dimensional framework. The theoretical model proposes that the competitiveness of tourist destinations should be composed of Ricardian comparative advantages (like the conditions of natural endowments and the degree of technological change); Porterian competitive advantages; tourism management, i.e., providing high quality education and job training, public goods, support services and reduced transaction costs to enhance comparative and competitive advantages; and environmental conditions.
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