Concerns over vanishing destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Antarctica, and the ice cap on Mt. Kilimanjaro have prompted some travel operators and tour agencies to recommend these destinations to consumers before they disappear. This travel trend has been reported as: ‘disappearing tourism,’ ‘doom tourism,’ and most commonly ‘last chance tourism’ where tourists explicitly seek vanishing landscapes or seascapes, and/or disappearing natural and/or social heritage. However, despite this increasing form of travel there has been little examination in the academic literature of last chance tourism phenomenon.
This is the first book to empirically examine and evaluate this contemporary tourism development providing a new angle on the effects of global change and pressures of visitation on tourism destinations. It aims to develop the conceptual definition of last chance tourism, examine the ethics surrounding this type of travel, and provide case studies highlighting this form of tourism in different regions, and in different contexts. In particular it critically reviews the advantages of publicizing vulnerable destinations to raise awareness and promote conservation efforts. Conversely, the book draws attention to the issue of attracting more tourists seeking to undergo such experiences before they are gone forever, accelerating the negative impacts. It further examines current trends, discusses escalating challenges, provides management strategies, and highlights future research opportunities.
Last Chance Tourism is a timely and multi-disciplinary volume featuring contributions from leading scholars in the fields of leisure, tourism, anthropology, geography, and sociology. It draws on a range of international case studies and will be of interest to students, researchers and academics interested in Tourism, Environmental Studies and Development Studies.
Section I: Disappearing Landscapes/Seascapes and Vanishing Fauna Chapter 1. An Introduction to Last Chance Tourism Harvey Lemelin, Emma Stewart and Jackie Dawson Chapter 2. Firsts and Lasts in Arctic Tourism: Last Chance Tourism and the Dialectic of Change Margaret Johnston, Arvid Viken and Jackie Dawson Chapter 3. Last Chance tourism in Antarctica – Cruising for change? Machiel Lamers, Eke Eijgelaar, and Bas Amelung Chapter 4. Last Chance Tourism in Alpine Regions: last chance to ski? Robert Steiger, Jackie Dawson, and Johann Stotter Chapter 5. Vanishing Fauna of Tourism Interent David Newsome and Kate Rodger Chapter 6. Last Chance birding: Twitching to See it First or Last? Glen T. Hvenegaard Chapter 7. The Transformation of Polar Bear Viewing in the Hudson Bay Region, Canada Emma Stewart, Jackie Dawson, and Harvey Lemelin Section II: Media and Marketing Chapter 8. Last Chance Tourism? Public Sector Views of Marketing Endangered Tourism Destinations in North America Daniel H. Olsen, Rhonda L. Koster, Nicki Youroukos Chapter 9. Advertising World Heritage Sites: Tour Operators and Last Chance Destinations Elspeth Frew Chapter 10. Last Chance Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef Alexandra Coghlan Section III: Ethics, Culture and Management Chapter 11. Après moi Le Deluge: Ethics, Empire, and the Biopolitics of Last Chance Tourism Mick Smith Chapter 12. Bringing the Gaze to the Masses. Taking the Gaze to the People: The Socio-cultural Dimensions of Last Chance Tourism Harvey Lemelin and Gary Baikie Chapter 13. Seeing it Off: Last-chance Tourism Opportunity Shagged by Rare Parrot! Eric J. Shelton Chapter 14. Last Chance Tourism in Canada’s Protected Areas: Management Implications and Emerging Ethical Considerations Chris Lemieux and Paul Eagles Chapter 15. Last Chance Tourism: Conclusion Jackie Dawson, Emma Stewart, Harvey Lemelin