This work studies tropical island resorts, the people who live and work there and the tourists who visit them. The author includes, but goes beyond the more commonly encountered marketing and economic analyses of resort destinations, by examining social, cultural, mythical, environmental, organizational and political dimensions.
'Brian King's book is a refreshing, original contribution to the literature...The study provides unparalleled insights and food for thought.' - Dr Dimitrious Buhalis, Tourism Issue 100, Spring 1999
'The text is, perhaps, of most value to researchers and educators as it is a useful resource for extending their knowledge of current issues from a new perspective. Additionally, it provides a benchmark for researchers to pursue similarly rigorous methodologies and focus upon succinct and importsnt issues such as the sustainable development of tourism, both now and in the future.' - Asia Pacific Business Review, Vol 4, No.4, 98
'This wide-ranging study of how two island resorts, the Whitsunday islands of Australia and the Mamanucas islands of Figi, have been created and recreated is a valuable addition to the burgeoning literature on tourism.' - Erlet Cater, Service Industries Journal
'This piece of work has much to recommend it in terms of an incisive analysis of marketing constraints, opportunities and outcomes.' - Erlet Cater, Sevice Industries Journal
'This text, meticulous in form is interesting, exciting and challenging to interdisciplinary readers and researchers, sociologists, anthrologists, destination planners, environmentalists and marketing specialists.' - International Journal of Tourism Research, Dimitrios Buhalis