Ecotourism

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Routledge, Apr 9, 2009 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Ecotourism: Impacts, Potentials and Possibilities analyzes the impacts of mainstream tourism in first, second and third world countries, and argues the benefits of adopting the philosophical approaches of ecotourism to create a more sustainable tourism industry in every country around the world.

Conservation and ecotourism issues are now at the forefront of public opinion. The decline of natural rainforests, loss of endangered species, global warming and land degradation have galvanized public support for conservation. Building on the success of the first edition, this text has been fully revised and updated to include:

  • updated and new international case studies 
  • a new chapter devoted to the theory and technique of Rapid Rural Appraisal (the practice whereby communities are empowered to improve their own environment)
  • questions and further readings at the end of each chapter to facilitate student's learning
  • critical analysis of ecotourism explores the movement of ideas around post-modern approaches to the field.

Using relevant case studies, Ecotourism examines the potential positive social and environmental benefits of ecotourism and is ideal for both students of tourism and practitioners within the tourism industry. Ecotourism will also be of interest to environmental groups, land managers, academics and planners.

 

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Contents

surveying the ground
1
Chapter 2 If ecotourism is not just an activity but a philosophy which philosophy?
15
government industry policy and planning
33
visitor management for sustainability
63
Chapter 5 The role of interpretation in achieving a sustainable future
95
community benefits and social costs
115
Chapter 7 Ecotourism case studies
137
meeting and shaping expectations and demands
171
Chapter 9 Could the real ecotourist please stand up
195
a model for sustainable development?
213
Glossary
229
A guide to ecotourism agencies and other sustainable tourism resources
239
References
241
Index
283
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