Part 1 An overview: topics and issues in tourism economics -an overview of this book. Part 2 Tourism and the environment -market and political failures and public economics: tourism, the environment and profit; public finance and appropriation of gains from international tourists - some theory with ASEAN and Australian illustations; national gains from international tourism in the light of environmental factors - further considerations; international competition for tourist development - politics and global environmental deterioration; ecotourism, economics and the environment - observations from China; investment in ecotourism -assessing its economics; why care is needed in applying indicators of the sustainability of tourism, Clem Tisdell and Jie Wen; total economic valuation of protected areas, Clem Tisdell and Jie Wen; sustaining and maximizing economic gains from tourism based on natural sites - analysis with reference to the Galapagos, Clem Tisdell; measuring the costs to tourism of pollution, especially marine pollution - analysis and concepts, C.A. Tisdell et al; ecotourism - aspects of its sustainability and compatibility with conservation, social and other objectives. Part 3 Tourism in development and in less developed areas - mainly case studies: seasonality in tourism and the desirability of evening out tourism demand, C.A. Tisdell; peripheral tourism - development and management, Andreas Hohl and Clem Tisdell; tourism development in India and Bangladesh - general issues, illustrated by ecotourism in the Underbans; tourism as an industry for the economic expansion of archipelagoes and small island states, C.A. Tisdell and D. McKee; tourism and the economic development of the Maldives, R. Sathiendrakumar and C.A. Tisdell; foreign tourism -benefit to China and contribution to development, C.A. Tisdell; foreign tourism as an element in P.R. China's economic develpment strategy, C.A. Tisdell and J. Wen; investment in China's tourism industry - its scale, nature and policy issues, C.A. Tisdell and J. Wen; tourism development in China - its nature, the changing market and business opportunities; spatial distribution of tourism in China - economic and other influences, Jie Wen and Clem Tisdell. Part 4 Tourism/recreational use of natural areas and wildlife - issues in environmental conservation: the value of, demand for and supply of National Parks - economic issues raised by recreational use; recreational scuba-diving and carrying capacity in marine protected areas, Derrin Davis and Clem Tisdell; economic management of recreational scuba diving and the environment, Derrin Davis and Clem Tisdell; tourist levies and willingness to pay for a whale shark experience, Derrin David and Clem Tisdell; tourism and the conservation of sea turtles - an Australian case study, Clem Tisdell and Clevo Wilson.