The Multi-Stakeholder Role in Asian Sustainable Ecotourism: A Systematic Review

Ahmad Salman, Mastura Jaafar, Diana Mohamad, Andrew Ebekozien, Tareq Rasul

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Purpose – Over recent years, the multi-stakeholder role in sustainable ecotourism within Asia has emerged as a crucial narrative for sustainable ecotourism management across countries on the continent. This trend is perhaps due to the fact that ecotourism is one of the most rapidly growing sectors within the tourism industry. However, to date, no reviews have provided a comprehensive analysis related to the role of multi-stakeholders in the achievement of ecotourism sustainability, particularly in the Asian context. This study aims to fill this knowledge gap by examining the current knowledge regarding multi-stakeholder involvement in sustainable ecotourism within Asia.
Design/methodology/approach – A systematic review procedure was followed. 320 articles were finalized, from which 32 related pieces of research were selected from the Scopus and Web of Science databases.
Findings – Three themes emerged from this paper. Recommendations were highlighted to enhance sustainable ecotourism. The study concluded that a more enabling research environment should be provided to improve discourse and encourage policy interventions.
Originality/value – No previous studies have explored the multi-stakeholder’s role in achieving Asian sustainable ecotourism, indicating a critical gap to be fulfilled. This paper uniquely contributes to the field by providing a comprehensive review of the roles and challenges of multiple stakeholders in sustainable ecotourism across Asia and proposing innovative policy solutions tailored to the region’s unique socioeconomic and cultural context. Moreover, it puts forward potential solutions to bolster sustainable ecotourism within Asia, benefiting both stakeholders and the destination.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPSU Research Review
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2024


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