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Tourism geography : critical understandings of place, space and experience

Author: Stephen Williams; Alan A Lew
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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"Tourism is an intensely geographic phenomenon. It stimulates large-scale, global movements of people and forges distinctive relationships between people and the places they visit. It shapes processes of physical development and resource exploitation, while the presence of visitors forges a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental relationships that have important implications for local geographies.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Williams; Alan A Lew
ISBN: 9780415854436 0415854431 9780415854443 041585444X
OCLC Number: 896786516
Description: xii, 327 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction 1. Tourism, Geography and Geographies of Tourism Part 1: The Emergence of Global Tourism 2. The Emergence of Modern Tourism Demand 3. Global Patterns of International Travel and Tourism Supply Part 2: Economic, Environmental and Social Fundamentals of Tourism 4. Costs and Benefits: the Physical and Economic Development of Tourism 5. Tourism, Sustainability and Environmental Change 6. Socio-cultural Relations in Tourism Part 3: Tourism Places 7. Inventing Places: Theming and Events in Tourism 8. Urban Tourism in a Changing World 9. History and Heritage as Tourism Experiences 10. Tourism and Nature: From the Beach to the Jungle 11. Consumption, Identity and Speciality Tourisms Part 4: Applied Tourism Geographies 12. Planning and Managing Tourism Development 13. Tourism Geography and the Future of Tourism
Responsibility: Stephen Williams and Alan A. Lew.

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"Tourism is an intensely geographic phenomenon. It stimulates large-scale, global movements of people and forges distinctive relationships between people and the places they visit. It shapes processes of physical development and resource exploitation, while the presence of visitors forges a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental relationships that have important implications for local geographies. Tourism Geography develops a critical understanding of how different geographies of tourism are created and maintained. Drawing on both historical and contemporary perspectives, the discussion connects tourism to key geographical concepts relating to globalization, mobility, new geographies of production and consumption, and post-industrial change. Building on the success of Stephen Williams cornerstone work, the addition of Alan A. Lew as co-author has enabled an even wider breadth of research to be introduced to the volume. Featuring international case studies and supported by up-to-date data, the third edition has been fully updated and offers a comprehensive review of tourism geography around the world; it examines the different perspectives from which geographers approach this important contemporary process. This book remains the only up to date and comprehensive review of geographies of tourism and the ways in which scholars can interpret contemporary tourism processes. It provides an accessible yet thorough explanation of concepts and models which promotes an understanding of their applications and limitations. Written primarily as a student text, each chapter includes guidance for further study and summary bibliographies that form the basis for independent work. Supporting materials and additional case studies are available online"--

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