1st Edition

Archipelago Tourism Revisited Core-Periphery Dynamics after the Pandemic

Edited By Godfrey Baldacchino Copyright 2025
    288 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This timely and innovative book explores the dynamics of inter-island/island-island tourism – also known as archipelago tourism – on the cusp of the post-pandemic epoch.

    Embellished with illustrative maps and diagrams, the volume examines what novel approaches have been developed, if at all, so as not to repeat past mistakes, and nurture a more sustainable, 'island tourism' business model. It looks at how the political-economic relationship between main and outer islands changed during the pandemic and, if so, whether this shift has had a bearing on current tourism policy. The book also explores how these and other changes are reflected in how: islands are branded; island destinations are marketed; and island transport logistics play out. An array of archipelagos of varying sizes and locations is explored, assuring a global perspective. The book furthers our understanding of core-periphery dynamics in archipelago tourism.

    The volume will be of interest to students, researchers, policy makers and academics in the fields of tourism policy and planning, sustainability, island studies and development studies.

    Foreword – Richard W. Butler

    Editorial: The Archipelagic Turn in Island Tourism – Godfrey Baldacchino


    Part I. Internal, Sub-National Archipelagos


    1. COVID-19 and post-COVID Times in the Croatian Archipelago

    Anica Čuka, Željka Kordej-De Villa and Nenad Starc


    2. Beyond Glossy Tourist Images: Miyako Island, Okinawa, Japan through the Stories of Mâchās, a Small Local Grocery Store

    Ayano Ginoza and Atsushi Toriyama


    3. Nightlife, Wellbeing, Nature and a Lighthouse: Differentiation and Convergence of the post-Pandemic Images of the Balearic Islands through Tourism 

    Aina Gomis and Mercè Picornell


    4. Tourism in Madeira and Porto Santo: Resigned Subordination or Partnership?

    António Manuel Martins de Almeida and Brian Garrod


    5. Tranquility and Exclusivity: Archipelago Tourism after the Pandemic in Romblon, The Philippines

    Joefe B. Santarita


    6. Beyond 'The Atlantic Bubble': Considering Archpelagic Tourism on Canada's East Coast

    Laurie Brinklow, Louise Campbell, Andrew Halliday and Isabel MacDougall


    Part II. Complete, Sovereign, Archipelagic States


    7. Archipelago Tourism in the Tri-Island State: Grenada

    John N. Telesford and Godfrey Baldacchino


    8. Archipelago Tourism in Seychelles: Journeys through Space, Time, Authenticity and Exclusivity

    Godfrey Baldacchino and Hervé Atayi


    9. Culture, COVID-19, Cyclones and Supply Chains: The Contraction of Tourism in Vanuatu

    John Connell


    Part III. Trans-national, Regional Archipelagos 


    10. Challenging the 'Status Quo': Archipelago Tourism in the Central Mediterranean after the Pandemic

    Karl Agius

    11. The Impromtu Archipelago: Sint Maarten as the Hub of the Northeastern Caribbean

    Arend Jan (Arjen) Alberts


    12. The Complex and Unequal Tourism Triangle of the Mascarene Islands: Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues

    Hélène Pébarthe-Désiré


    Conclusion: Unsettling Cartographic Imaginations 

    Godfrey Baldacchino


    Godfrey Baldacchino, PhD (Warwick, UK) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta and Malta Ambassador-at-Large for Islands and Small States. He is founding Editor of Island Studies Journal (2006-16), former Canada Research Chair in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island (2003-13), and former President of the International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA) (2014-22). His books include Global Tourism and Informal Labour Relations: The Small Scale Syndrome at Work (1997), Extreme Tourism: Lessons from the World's Cold-Water Islands (2006), and Archipelago Tourism: Practices and Policies (2015).

    “As an archipelago, islands are better able to flex and strengthen their agency and influence. Their political strength lies in their commonality rather than their differences; although – when presented as complementary assets – differences may be of immense value in attracting a wide range of types of tourism, while encouraging multi-island hopping. These are some of the forces and discontinuities that make archipelagos so fascinating to examine, and why this volume is so significant.”

    -Richard Butler, Emeritus Professor of Tourism, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. 


    “Has island tourism shifted since the COVID-19 pandemic? Is the industry intent to 'build back better' or has it become even more unsustainable? Whichever the case, archipelagos offer illuminating insights to such questions. A complex interplay of size, remoteness, urbanization, connectivity and governance issues impacts island and archipelago tourism in specific ways. This book builds on Baldacchino's 2015 work, proposing a unique lens to better understand the many dynamics affecting island tourism. Worth a read!”

    –Rachel Dodds, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada.


    “Anyone interested in untangling the conundrum of how tourism-dependent islands in archipelagos can move towards more sustainable futures is in for a treat. This edited book significantly updates Baldacchino’s earlier volume on the subject, responding to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and combining fascinating contextual material with in-depth analysis of multi-island locations from around the world.”

    -Regina Scheyvens, Professor of International Development, Massey University, New Zealand.


    “Contemporary Perspectives in Archipelago Tourism is a must read and a welcome addition to island tourism scholarship. This collection probes the tensions implicit in the imperatives of cooperation and competition that exist in and between islands as post-pandemic tourism destinations. Assumptions of ‘island homogeneity’ are upended by the contents of this fine collection.  Instead, here are vibrant examples of how islands are navigating core-periphery relations in search of a more fulfilling post-pandemic future.”

    -Sherma Roberts, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.


    “Clearly, some islands are more equal than others: this book uses a 'core-periphery' framework to deepen our understanding of the nuances of island tourism, post-COVID-19. Twelve case studies highlight the challenges of tourism within archipelagos, including transport infrastructure at airports and seaports, supply-side constraints, marginalization of outer islands, and quality of life issues.  Archipelagic tourism requires new perspectives: Baldacchino drives this ‘turn’ in island and tourism studies forward.”

    -Michelle McLeod, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.