220 pages, Tabs
The purpose of Tourism Development and the Environment is twofold. Primarily, it challenges the sustainable tourism development paradigm that has come to dominate both theoretical and practical approaches to tourism development over the last two decades or so. In so doing, the book aims to extend the sustainable tourism debate beyond the arguably managerialist 'blueprint' and destination-focused approach that continues to characterise even the most recent 'sustainability' agenda within tourism development.
Reviewing the evolution of the sustainable tourism development concept, its contemporary manifestations in academic literature and policy developments and processes, the author compares its limitations to prevailing political-economic, socio-cultural and environmental contexts. He then proposes alternative approaches to tourism development which, nevertheless, retain environmental sustainability as a prerequisite of tourism development. But the book also aims to act as an introduction to the series as a whole. A number of issues raised in Tourism Development and the Environment demand more detailed analysis and debate in their own right, whilst also being applicable to different tourism developmental contexts, such as island micro-states, less-developed / transitional economies and urban tourism.
'Tourism Development and the Environment: Beyond Sustainability? is a timely, refreshing, and thought-provoking critique of sustainable tourism development. Challenging us to re-examine the very nature of sustainability, globalisation, and the tourism industry as a capitalist endeavour, it is essential reading [which is] sure to generate future debate.' David J. Telfer, Department of Tourism and Environment, Brock University, Canada 'Is sustainable tourism an idea 'whose time has now passed'? Or does uncritical allegiance to this notion blind us to the substantial economic benefits tourism brings to (differentially structured) global destinations? Sharpley says it does, and his case is cogently argued, empirically-based and compelling. The debate over international tourism has been raised to a new level.' David Harrison, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands 'well-crafted biij..recommended to all levels of undergraduate students as well as professionals.' J.R McDonald, Eastern Michigan University, Choice, 2010. 'This is a good book. It is clearly written... is critical of much coventional thinking, and contains succint summaries. As the first substantial critique of sustainability in the context of tourism, it merits serious attention. Furthermore, the book is good value for money and, as such, could be a good choice as a course text, as well as provocative reading for those who continue to espouse sustainable development uncritically.' Geoffery Wall, Tourism Review
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