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Title: Come visit, but don’t overstay : critiquing a welcoming society
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Prince Edward Island (Prince Edward Islands)
Emigration and immigration
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (2012). Come visit, but don't overstay : critiquing a welcoming society. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, 6(2), 145-153.
Abstract: This paper aims to conceptualize and illustrate how some island societies – in spite of their apparent openness, vibrant tourist economies and generally welcoming disposition – develop exclusionary attitudes to a range of immigrants, resulting in effective limits to their much vaunted hospitality culture. In the context of a global review, the paper reports a qualitative study of immigrant experiences and perceptions from 2005 empirical survey data, as well as the personal observations of the author on Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest and only fully island province. While the bonding social capital of island communities tends to be strong, their bridging social capital tends to be weak. Other aspects of island life – including perceptions of smallness, affirmation of island identity, high population density, gentrification, the threat of invasion and the fear of the other – impact on the interaction of the “come heres” with the “from heres”. The paper shows divisions in islander attitudes between (shortterm stay) tourists and (longerterm stay) immigrants in sharp relief. This analysis queries research assumptions about service, hospitality and tourism and provides a conceptual framework for the dynamics of visitation to island destinations. These findings critique service quality, relationship management and attitudes to potential clients. The paper connects immigration research to attitudes to tourism, using an island studies lens as its analytical tool and provides an insightful view of the contested dynamics of place, notions of hospitality and exclusion.
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