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Tourism has become one of the most significant forces for change in the world today. Regarded by many as the world's largest industry, tourism prompts regular mass migrations of people, exploitation of resources, processes of development and inevitable repercussions on places, economies, societies and environments. It is a phenomenon that increasingly demands attention. Tourism Geography reveals how geographic perspectives can inform and illuminate the study of tourism. The book explores the factors that have encouraged the development of both domestic and international forms of tourism, highlighting ways in which patterns of tourism have evolved and continue to evolve. The differing economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts that tourism may exert upon destinations are examined, together with a consideration of ways in which planning for tourism can assist in the regulation of development and produce sustainable forms of tourism. Drawing on case studies from across the world, Tourism Geography offers a concise review of established geographies of tourism and shows how new patterns in the production and consumption of tourist places are fashioning the new tourism geographies of the twenty-first century.
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