Community perceptions of scuba dive tourism development in Bien Unido, Bohol Island, Philippines
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“As long as tourists like to come, then we want them all. If they will come, we will welcome them all.”
Bien Unido interviewee, July 19, 2011
KeywordsScuba dive tourism Tourism Philippines Diving Bien Unido Bohol Island Development Coastal development
I would like to sincerely thank all of my financial, academic, and emotional supporters especially Dr. Patrick Christie of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Jackson School of International Studies in the University of Washington. I would also like to thank my committee member Alan White, President of Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation and Senior Scientist for the Asia Pacific Program of the Nature Conservancy for guidance and inspiration during the writing process.
Additionally I would like to thank Giselle Samonte-Tan of Conservation International and staff members of CCEF including Liza, Romel, Raffi, Dean, Analeh, Merilyn, and Bing. Special thanks to Jun Amolo for enthusiasm, support, and many encouraging conversations during data development and collection.
My gratitude for the academic support that was freely given from key members of the coastal management community including Richard Pollnac of the University of Rhode Island, Stanley Asha, and Marc Miller of the University of Washington. Also to my editorial board with Michael Gier, Constance Sullivan, Adam Whiting and my travel colleagues Audrey Kuklok, Kimberly Sparks, and Cherie Wagner, and all of the Bien Unido community and interview respondents. .
I would not have been able to complete this research without the financial support of the Marc Hershman Fellowship and the School of Marine Affairs Wendy Graham travel grant.
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