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Special Section - Highland Institute

Vol. 3 No. 2 (2024): Ekologos

URBALTOUR: Examining the Rise of Tourism in Kohima, Nagaland

  • Bertrand Lefebvre

    French Institute of Pondicherry
  • Akumtong Imchen

    The Highland Institute
  • Rovithono Yhome

    The Highland Institute
February 28, 2024


The URBALTOUR project examines the intersections between urbanization and tourism in the mountainous regions of South and Southeast Asia. With the significant rise in domestic tourism, hill stations and cities established during the colonial era in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia are undergoing rapid transformations. Funded by France’s National Agency for Research, this multi-sited project is based on two hypotheses about tourism:

(i) It acts as a potent catalyst for the dissemination of globalized urban models.

(ii) It also contributes to restructuring the systems of actors and influences the modalities of public action in terms of planning, town planning, and economic development.

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