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Tourism Economics, the Environment and Development: Analysis and Policy

By: Clem Tisdell

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Aug 2001 | #116739 | ISBN: 1840642769
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Tourism is the world's largest industry and its fastest growing one. It has the potential to contribute significantly to the economic development in most countries, including the developing world. This publication analyses market and political failures in relation to tourism development and the environment, and the implications of those for national gains from international tourism, for public finance and policy, and for the sustainability of tourism. Case studies cover a spectrum of countries, ranging from developing economies to those more economically strong. Emphasis is put on ecotourism and the sustainable use of natural sites, methods of evaluating the sustainability of tourism and the impacts of pollution on this service industry. This work is designed to prove useful to economists, environmentalists, tourism scholars and professionals.


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.

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