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3rd Edition

Managing Sustainable Tourism
A Legacy for the Future

ISBN 9780367331382
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Managing Sustainable Tourism tackles the tough issues within the tourism industry, such as impacts on the natural and built environment and concerns for the history, heritage, and culture of local communities to provide answers that produce positive and quality economic growth for the tourism industry. It offers practical policies and plans for fostering harmonious relationships among local communities, the private sector, not-for-profit organizations academic institutions, and governments at all levels, as well as developing management practices and philosophies for the protection of natural, built, and cultural environments while reinforcing positive and orderly economic growth. It also confronts and explains the challenges on the tourism industry with respect to overtourism, climate change and global warming.

Since the second edition, there have been many important developments in the field of sustainable tourism, and this third edition presents updated research and information in the following ways:

  • Updated content to reflect issues and trends, including new directions in sustainable tourism development;
  • New and updated international case studies of successes and failures to reflect current challenges and practices;
  • A partial history of sustainable tourism from ancient times to the present;
  • New concepts in sustainable tourism practices such as overtourism and undertourism;
  • Transformative leadership and policies and their impact on sustainable tourism development.

This volume provides a wealth of information and guidance on managing sustainable tourism and it will be invaluable to educators, students, developers, entrepreneurs, strategic planners and policymakers.

Table of Contents

1. A Philosophic Approach to Managing Sustainable Tourism

2. Worldly Travelers and a Sense of the History of Sustainable Tourism

3. Sustainable Tourism Milestones: Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries

4. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals and 2030 Agenda for

Sustainable Development

5. New Concepts in Sustainable Tourism Practices: Overtourism, Undertourism,

Experiential Tourism, Plogging, Climate Change and Global Warming

6. Rural Tourism Development and Sustainability

7. Sustainable Tourism and the Prospects for Peace

8. Policy and Strategic Planning Toward Sustainable Tourism Development

9. Marketing the Sustainable Tourism Product

10. Transformative Leadership and Policies toward Sustainable Tourism

11. Managing Sustainable Tourism in the Twenty-first Century

12. Future World Issues that Will Impact on Managing Sustainable Tourism

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David L. Edgell, Sr. is Emeritus Professor of trade, tourism, and economic development and senior professor of graduate studies in sustainable tourism at East Carolina University.


‘David Edgell has a distinct perspective on tourism. Not only does he recognize the need for sustainability in tourism initiatives, but he also understands the practical side of tourism and its contributions to economic and community development. He is both an academic and a practitioner – a unique combination that makes his work required for the professional in business and government. Managing Sustainable Tourism is a valuable guide for the future.’

Dr Karla Hughes, Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Monticello, USA

Managing Sustainable Tourism is a must read for educators, students, tourism strategists, policy makers, planners, developers, entrepreneurs, and investors. This third edition explores critical issues and trends impacting tourism, the world’s largest industry, while concurrently examining global challenges and opportunities. Through case studies, policy analysis, and management practices, Dr. David Edgell provides multifaceted approaches to managing sustainable tourism that brilliantly bridge theory and practice’

Louis D’Amore, Founder and President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT)

‘In today’s continually evolving tourism sector, it goes without saying that "Tourism Means Jobs!" and that the industry is a major contributor to the gross domestic product of the countries of the world. In this third edition of his book, Dr. Edgell continues to drive home the fact that sustainable tourism "must be" the foundation of every tourism initiative undertaken.’

Toney Watkins, Chairman, President and CEO, The Toney Watkins Company

‘The third edition continues to build on the foundation laid in the first two editions of this book as well as Dr. Edgell’s extensive body of tourism policy and planning work. The book contributes to the work of many scholars and practitioners who are trying to make communities throughout the world a better place in which to live and to visit for present and future generations.’

Jason Swanson, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Retailing and Tourism Management, University of Kentucky, USA

‘I have had the honor of working with Dr Edgell for the bulk of my career to deliver pioneering and innovative data driven marketing solutions to tourism destinations. Notable efforts included presenting sustainable tourism use cases to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Kansas Tourism Inquiry data warehouse, and leading-edge use of customs data to rebuild visitation for hurricane ravaged USVI that resulted in significant economic impact and earned us honorary citizen awards. I highly recommend this book and assure you the value you receive will be returned in multiples. I can never repay the debts I owe my mentor Dr. Edgell, he is truly the tourism industry's renaissance man.’

Kurtis Ruf, Author of ‘Contemporary Database Marketing’ and Director at Ruf Strategic Solutions