Glocalisation and Singaporean festivals

Malcolm Foley, Gayle McPherson, Cathy Matheson

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Abstract

This paper seeks to elaborate upon theorisations of the global and their operationalisation within a tourism context by drawing upon empirical research carried out in Singapore. Specifically, Robertson’s (1995) glocalisation thesis is drawn to bear upon specific Singaporean tourism policies, namely strategies for events and festivals. The objective of the paper is to offer a rich, deep study of Singapore’s tourism and event policy in relation to the impact of globalising influences upon its cultural events, and to elaborate upon both the development of events and festivals within Singapore and the workings of the glocalisation process in this context. The literature accords little space to the relationship between events and festivals and tourism in Singapore and this paper seeks to offer some insights into this under-researched area. This is especially significant given the emphasis upon festivals at a policy level in Singapore and, furthermore, as a means of comprehending the workings of the glocalisation process. Interviews were carried out with six key policy makers in Singapore, and one Director of a private company who delivers events on behalf of the City.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Event Management Research
Volume2
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

Keywords

  • festivals
  • Singapore
  • tourism

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