In recent decades, the fast rise of emerging economies, like the BRICS nations, has propelled the growth of tourism worldwide. Meanwhile, a plethora of nature destinations has been developed to meet the diverse needs of the new wave of demand from emerging economies and to entice existing tourists from advanced and rich economies.
Nature Tourism augments the current literature on the benefits and pitfalls in recent developments of nature tourism, tracing the history in development, highlighting the ecological impacts and showcasing the current practices in nature tourism, along with discussions on specific tourist markets from holistic viewpoints embracing lessons learned from various destination nations and continents across the globe. A host of topics with global significance will be explored such as the effect of climate change on nature tourism, technological innovation in managing nature tourism, visitor management in nature tourism and market positioning in a highly competitive environment. These are reviewed in a wide range of countries from USA/Canada, South America, Scandinavian countries, the Swiss Alps, Middle-East countries, Africa, China and Australia/New Zealand.
This book will offer significant insight into nature-based tourism and its future development. It will be of interest to upper-level students, researchers and academics in tourism, environmental studies, development and sustainability.
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1. Research Progress in Nature Tourism Joseph S. Chen and Nina K. Prebensen
2. Nature and Well-being: Exploring Explorer Travel Narratives of Transformation Jennifer Laing and Warwick Frost
3. Well-being in Wildlife Experiences: Feeling Good for the Animals? Giovanna Bertella
4. The Impact of Korea’s Nature-Based Recreation Settings on Tourist’s Emotion, Satisfaction and Subjective Happiness Timothy J. Lee and Jinok Susanna Kim
5. Generation Y, Nature and Tourism Melanie Smith
6. Connectedness and Relatedness to Nature: A Case of Neo-Confucianism among Chinese, South Korean and Japanese Tourists Nina K. Prebensen, Young-Sook Lee and Joseph S. Chen
7 . How Local Traditions and Way of Living Influence Tourism? Basecamp Explorer in Maasai Mara and Svalbard Oystein Jensen, Frank Lindberg, Damiannah Kieti, Bjorn Willy Aamo and James Nampushi
8 . Impact of Climate Change on Tourism in World Heritage Sites: A Case Study from the Wet Tropics region of Australia Bruce Prideaux and Michelle Thompson
9. Quality Perspectives in Managing Visitor Experiences Lynn M. Jamieson
10. A National Park in Turmoil: The Case Study on Vanoise National park in the Alps Isabelle Frochot
11. Listening to the Sounds of Silence: Forest Based Wellbeing Tourism in Finland Raija Komppula, Henna Konu and Noora Vikman
12. Nature Tourism in Germany’s Protected Areas Marius Mayer & Manuel Woltering
13. Governing Nature Tourism in Eastern and Southern Africa René van der Duim, Jakomijn van Wijk
and Machiel Lamers
14. Emerging Trends in Wildlife and Tiger Tourism in India Krithi K. Karanth, Shivangi Jain
and Dincy Mariyam
15. Chinese Approach to Sustainability: Challenges and Suggestions Song Rui
16. Tourism in Preserved Nature Areas in Taiwan Yu-Liang Tseng, Noriko Sato, Shih-Shuo Yeh and Tzung-Cheng Huan
17. Forest as a Venue for Recreational Therapy in Japan Noriko Sato, Yu-Liang Tseng, Shih-Shuo Yeh and Tzung-Cheng Huan
18. Final Remarks: Challenges and Research Directions Nina K. Prebensen and Joseph S. Chen
Joseph S. Chen is Professor in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. His research foci entail tourism marketing, tourist behaviors, social impacts of tourism, Arctic tourism and sustainability in hospitality and tourism.
Nina K. Prebensen is Professor at the University College of South East Norway and at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She has published papers in various tourism journals. Her research highlights particularly the tourist decision and experience processes, where co-creation of value for hosts and guests is a focus.