The Sharp Turn from Tourist to Traveller

By Timothy Choy

November 2022 FEATURE
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HAVE YOU SEEN bus-loads of tourists disembarking at places where you, as a local, wouldn’t personally patronise? It usually has some tell-tale signs: an obscure chocolate shop, a hawker centre locals avoid, and the giveaway - bus-friendly parking. As someone who is keen on travelling, I find the established tourism industry an artificial experience. More distasteful is the idea of locals establishing a system to prey on tourists.I get it, though, the utilitarian value that tourism as an industry offers.“We...

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Timothy Choy

is a visiting researcher at Penang Institute and a guest writer for Penang Monthly.