IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(9): 773-778 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.554

Domestic Labor Migration for Local Tourism Development: From ISAN to Samui, Southern of Thailand

K. Pongponrat
Abstract—Tourism is addressed as the world’s largest industry with an extremely growth. Along with this likely unlimited growth, tourism created various consequences on host destination which increasing concerns on uncontrollable development. This paper focuses on Samui Island, a famous beach destination in the southern of Thailand where tourism is an economic activity that plays a vital role in socio-economic development. This study aimed to explore consequences of domestic labor migration from northeastern part of the country to serve as labor force in tourism sector in Samui. Qualitative research methods including document analysis and in-depth interview were applied to identify circumstances and significant issues of socio-cultural changes dealing with domestic labor migration on host community. Results of the study provide guideline to plan and to manage domestic labor migration for local tourism development.

Index Terms—Domestic migration, samui, tourism.

K. Pongponrat is with the College of Innovation, Thammasat University, Thailand (e-mail: kannapap@hotmail.com).

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Cite: K. Pongponrat, " Domestic Labor Migration for Local Tourism Development: From ISAN to Samui, Southern of Thailand," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 773-778, 2015.

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