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Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions: Promoting Environmental and Social Sustainability?

By: Michael Lück (Editor), Patrick T Maher (Editor), Emma J Stewart (Editor), Norman Douglas (Foreword By), Ngaire Douglas (Foreword By)

246 pages, illustrations, tables


Paperback | Jan 2016 | #231568 | ISBN-13: 9781138967038
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Hardback | Jun 2010 | #184451 | ISBN-13: 9781844078486
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About this book

Cruises are the primary form of tourism in the Polar Regions and cruise ship tourism in both the Arctic and Antarctic is expanding rapidly. The industry has moved beyond its infancy, and is now entering a maturing phase with increased numbers and types of vessels, more demanding routes, and more regular and predictable patterns of activity. The increase in cruise activities, and the associated risks of accidents, as well as the potential and actual impacts of the large numbers of tourists in the polar regions bring with it management challenges for sustainable use of these regions. Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions discusses critically the issues around environmental and social sustainability of the cruise industry in Polar Regions. Authors from Canada, USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand are experts in their respective fields and take an innovative, critical and at times controversial approach to the subject.

"The book is an outstanding addition to the polar tourism literature. Posing some hard questions in relation to environmental and social sustainability, it provides clear answers and charts the way forward for developing tourism in these regions. This is essential reading for any serious researcher, academic or practitioner."
– Ross K. Dowling, Foundation Professor of Tourism, Edith Cowan University, Australia

"This is a very useful book for students and scholars of polar tourism, and will supplement and bring up to date what they might already have in their libraries."
The Polar Times, American Polar Society

"Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions provides excellent and accessible information on Arctic and Antarctic tourism. It has brought together an impressive list of contributors and represents important and valuable work in the polar tourism sector."
– Lorne Kriwoken, The Polar Journal

"The information that is provided on developments in the polar cruising industry is up to date and comprehensive. This is a strong point of this book: I am not aware of any other book that contains so much information on polar cruise tourism."
–  Kees Bastmeijer, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University


Foreword Norman Douglas & Ngaire Douglas
1. Setting the Scene: Polar Cruise Tourism in the 21st Century

Part 1: Market Dimensions
2. Polar Yacht Cruising
3. Cruising to the North Pole aboard a Nuclear Icebreaker
4. Selling the Adventure of a Lifetime: An Ethnographic Report on Cruising in the Antarctic

Part 2: Human Dimensions
5. Cruises and Bruises: Safety, Security, and Social Issues on Polar Cruises
6. Exploring the Ethical Standards of Alaska Cruise Ship Tourists and the Role they Inadvertently Play in the Unsustainable Practices of the Cruise Ship Industry
7. Students on Ice - Learning in the Greatest Classrooms on Earth

Part 3: Environmental Dimensions
8. Environmental Impacts of Polar Cruises
9. Monitoring Patterns of Cruise Tourism across Arctic Canada
10. Climate Change and its Implications for Cruise Tourism in the Polar Regions

Part 4: Policy and Governance Dimensions
11. Stakeholder Perspectives on the Governance of Antarctic Cruise Tourism
12. Port Readiness Planning in the Arctic: Building Community Support
13. Beyond the Cruise: Navigating Sustainable Policy and Practice in Alaska's Inland Passage
14. Moving Forward


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Michael Lück is an Associate Professor and Head of Department (Tourism & Events) in the School of Hospitality and Tourism, and Associate Director for the coastal and marine tourism research program area at the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, both at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand.

Patrick T. Maher is an Associate Professor in the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

Emma J. Stewart is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Parks at Lincoln University, NZ and is a Research Associate at the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA).

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