Ethical and Responsible Tourism : Managing Sustainability in Local Tourism Destinations book cover
1st Edition

Ethical and Responsible Tourism
Managing Sustainability in Local Tourism Destinations

ISBN 9780367191467
Published November 7, 2019 by Routledge
458 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $52.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Ethical and Responsible Tourism explains the methods and practices used to manage the environmental impact of tourism on local communities and destinations.

The three core themes of the book – destination management, environmental and social aspects of ethical sustainable development and business impacts – are discussed across both topic and case study chapters, alongside explanatory editorial analysis with all chapters clearly signposted and interlinked. The case studies address specific and practical examples from a global range of examples including sites in Australia, Central America, Europe Union countries, Japan, North America and South America.

Used as a core textbook, the linking of theory in the topic chapters, and practice gained through case studies, alongside further reading and editorial commentary, Ethical and Responsible Tourism provides a detailed and comprehensive learning experience. Specific case studies can be used as standalone examples as part of a case teaching approach, and the editorial and discussion elements are designed to be suitable for those simply seeking a concise overview, such as tourism professionals or potential investors in sustainable tourism projects.

This book will be essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners of tourism, environmental and sustainability studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction & background

Marko Koščak & Tony O’Rourke

Section 1: Topics

Part A - Destination Management aspects of ethical sustainable development

2. Cultural and heritage tourism - a potential for local sustainable tourism development?

Marko Koščak & Tony O’Rourke

3. Active & Adventure Tourism in the planning of local destination management

Marko Koščak & Tony O’Rourke

4. The challenges of integrating sustainable wine-growing into wine tourism-examples from Slovenia & abroad

Marko Koščak

5. The role of planned events on the promotion of the destination Maribor-Pohorje

Maja Rosi, Nika Mernik, Tony O’Rourke, Marko Koščak

Part B: Environmental & Social aspects of ethical sustainable development

6. Slow adventure in remote and rural areas – Creating and narrating the tourism product

Jelena Farkić, Steve Taylor & Sara Mair Bellshaw

7. Strategies for sustainable tourism in Porto: the host community perspective

Carla Pinto Cardosa

8. Terraced landscapes preservation and tourism sustainability in Cinque Terre, Liguria

Simonetta Acacia, Marta Casanova, Elena Macchioni, Federica Pompejano, Camilla Repetti, Francesca Segantin

9. Inter-generational concepts of sustainability and the role of children in local tourism destinations

Mladen Knežević, Tony O’Rourke, Tina Šegota, Marko Koščak

Part C: The business impacts of ethical sustainable development

10. Micro-financing a sustainable, ethical, local project

Andrew Donaldson

11. SMART sustainable finance

Tony O’Rourke

12. Japanese Tourism in the late 20th/early21st century: an aim for economic recovery

Lesley Crowe-Delaney

13. An assessment of the topics

Marko Koščak & Tony O’Rourke

Section 2: The Case Studies

Part A: Destination Management aspects of ethical sustainable development

14. The Ethics of Sufficiency: The Edelsbach Tulip Festival as a best practice example of sustainable event culture

Daniel Binder, Harald Friedl, James Miller

15. Bicycle networks as a new ground project: the Montesilvano case study

Antonio Alberto Clemente

16. The Importance of Stakeholder Involvement in the Strategic Development of Destination Management

Maja Žibert, Boris Prevolšek, Marko Koščak

17. Evolution of a Gentle Mobility in an Alpine Rural Municipality: The case of Werfenweng

Milan Ilić

18. Experience Design in Interpreting Cultural Heritage: a Case Study On the Land Of Hayracks, Slovenia

Maja Turnšek & Bogdan Turnšek

Part B: Environmental & Social aspects of ethical sustainable development

19. Climate change, Tourism & Rural Sustainability in the Margaret River Wine Region of W Australia

Roy Jones, Garry Burke & Laura Stocker

20. The Sustainable Garden: A living exhibition blending tourism and sustainability

David Valcárcel Ortiz

21. Inclusivity in cultural heritage sites as a means of sustainable tourism - the Istanbul Topkapi Palace Museum

Emir Çekmecelioğlu & Aslı Sungur

22. The tourism megaprojects and their impact on the territory - case of Bahía de Banderas

Sandra Luz Zepeda Hernández & Fabíola Cristina Costa de Carvalho

23. Alto Tâmega: present heritage and future prospects

Sérgio Lira

24. Glamping accommodation providers in local tourism destinations

Maja Klančnik, Barbara Pavlakovič & Marko Koščak

Part C: The business impacts of ethical sustainable development

25. Queensland-Gold Coast tourism, the Japanese era 1980-1997 and single market strategies - a case study

Lesley Crowe-Delaney

26. Managing a sustainable tourism destination

Aleksa Panić, Barbara Pavlakovič, Marko Koščak

27. Promoting the "Legacy Businesses" of San Francisco

Brian Turner

28. Building success on the edge of Europe - the Inishbofin case study

Tony O’Rourke

29. An assessment of the case studies

Marko Koščak & Tony O’Rourke

Section 3: Final thoughts

30. The theoretical reflections

Marcela Costa Bifano De Oliveira and Thiago Duarte Pimentel

30.1 Introduction & Explanation of the role of the theoretical reflections

 Marko Koščak & Tony O’Rourke

30.2 Volume of capital and collective action in tourism fields - a comparative perspective in Latin America

30.3 The ODIT method revisited: Some lessons from Brazilian experience and directions to the future

31. Conclusions

Marko Koščak & Tony O’Rourke

Appendix 1 - A matrix based guide to the use of the book.

View More



Marko Košcak held the position of Assistant Professor from 2014 to 2019 and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Tourism Brežice, Slovenia. He studied in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Birmingham (UK), Vienna (Austria) and in 1999 completed his PhD on the thesis “Transformation of Rural areas along the Slovene –Croatian border” at the Faculty of Arts –Department of Geography, University of Ljubljana. His academic interests are in the field of Sustainable and Community Tourism, Geography of Tourism and Destination Management. These topics are his research work interest fields in which he also lectures to students. His professional work career started on different activities in the field of Rural Development in Slovenia and abroad since 1986, when he commenced implementation of Integrated Rural Development Projects on local-community level. He was a Project Manager of the Dolenjska and Bela krajina regional sustainable tourism initiative Heritage Trails in SE Slovenia from 1996 to 2009, under the umbrella of the Chamber of Commerce Novo mesto. Since 1986 he was also a Regular Consultant with the Ministry of Agriculture, and employed there from 1999 to 2001 as an Advisor to the Slovenian government in the Sector for Structural policy and Rural development. In the past 30 years, he has worked as an Advisor to UNDP LoSD and sustainable tourism initiative in S-E Balkan countries of Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. He was also involved in the number of sustainable tourism projects and development initiatives and worked on these in Europe and Asia. He is the Founding Member of the Slovenian Rural Development Network, which is part of the European Network “PREPARE”. His professional expertise and experiences are primarily in the following fields: Sustainable and Responsible Community Development, Rural and Eco Tourism, Economic Diversification on farms, Product Development, Sustainable Heritage Tourism, Regional and Rural Development and Cross-border Cooperation.

Tony O’Rourke has been actively collaborating with Marko Košcak for a number of years in the area of sustainable and local tourism development. He studied at UK universities in Warwick, Edinburgh and Stirling. His current academic interests are in the fields of Sustainable and Responsible Local Tourism, Financing of Local Tourism/Destination Management organisations and the creation of tourism credit co-operatives. His professional work career began in Higher Education Management connected to training and resources application. From 1990 to 2001 he was working with Scottish Financial Enterprise, the University of Stirling, Heriot-Watt University and the European Commission DG23 on small business financing at a micro level as well as the financing of tourism enterprises in Central and Eastern European transition economies. This included monitoring EU projects in Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland and Slovenia. From 1996 to 2001, he was Secretary-General of the Association of European Regional Financial Centres. From 1992 to 2004, he was a part-time Professor in small business financing/small financial market strategy at universities in Ireland, Montenegro and Serbia, and at the same time an Expert Advisor to Dun & Bradstreet Country Risk Services on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. In 2004, he returned to the University of Stirling as the Director of the programme for continuing professional development in the Scottish finance and investment sector, as well as teaching on the MSc Banking and Finance Programme. Since retiring in 2011, he has taught part-time at MSc and MBA level as a Visiting/part-time Professor and also carried out advisory work for Co-operatives UK. He has published widely on tourism issues and expects to continue the latter.


"The book would be well suited for an upper-division undergraduate course on sustainable tourism and/or a graduate sustainable tourism course … the book includes a diverse collection of tourism topics. I recommend this text to any faculty member searching for a text on sustainable tourism. This book could be a good required text and/or the book could also be recommended as an optional reading text. Whether required or optional this book will be a good addition to a tourism library. The book also has many positive attributes for practitioners looking for exemplars focused on sustainable tourism … The organization of the book is very well thought out and presented. The authors present a comprehensive sustainable tourism perspective framed by ethical and responsible decision- making and a local perspective. The focus on local and community tourism is a highlight of this volume. The models included in the book are numerous and it might be useful to assemble and highlight these for review. This activity could also act as a rigorous student assignment."Robert M. O’Halloran, School of Hospitality Leadership, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

"In the last forty years, a lot has been written on sustainability, responsibility and ethics in tourism, but there still seems to be the lack of on the ground knowledge. The monograph Ethical and Responsible Tourism: Managing Sustainability in Local Tourism Destinations has filled the void and addressed challenges of practitioners. It focuses on the management of local tourism destinations. In well organised parts and chapters, it comprehensively presents practices used to manage the environmental impact of tourism on local communities, and explains the methods recommended for the management of tourism destinations. Carefully chosen case studies address some practical examples from a global range of examples including sites in Europe Union countries, North America and South America, Central America, Japan and Australia."Jasna Potočnik Topler, Faculty of Tourism, Brežice, Slovenia