Living on the edge

Robert Douglas McKercher, Candance Fu

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This study examines the role that tourism plays for residents of Tap Mun, an island off the northeast coast of Hong Kong which is in its last stages of decline. Once it was a vibrant fishing and farming community, but today its economy is reliant on tourism. The majority of enterprises provide only a marginal income and most workers are seasonal. Yet, this business provides the residents with the economic rationale to remain on the island, and in doing so, enables them to retain their existing social networks, sense of place, and connection to their ancestral homes. Thus, the net social benefits of pursuing subsistence-level tourism outweigh the limited economic gains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-524
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006


  • Domestic
  • Periphery
  • Social impacts
  • Subsistence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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