1st Edition

Resilient Destinations and Tourism Governance Strategies in the Transition towards Sustainability in Tourism

Edited By Jarkko Saarinen, Alison M. Gill Copyright 2019
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    518 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Sustainability is one of the most important issues currently facing the tourism sector. Recently, the role of resilience thinking has been highlighted in sustainable development discussions as an alternative perspective. This book approaches these concepts as interwoven processes and looks at change through a socioecological lens.

    Instead of seeing resilience and sustainability as alternative approaches, Resilient Destinations and Tourism argues that resilience should be understood as a fundamental part of sustainable tourism thinking for destination systems, and calls for better governance in implementation and management. Improving governance is the key issue in sustainable tourism development. The chapters in this edited collection focus on resilient destinations from a governance perspective, in which tourism resilience is contextualized as an integral part of pathway creation in the process of moving towards sustainable tourism. The contributions to the book represent a range of theoretical and empirical approaches with a wide international scope. Resilient Destinations and Tourism calls for rethinking the meaning of sustainable development in tourism and looks at how sustainability and resilience could be integrated.

    This book will appeal to a wide range of research disciplines and students whose modules focus on the relationship between tourism and sustainability planning, governance, the environment, and hazards and disasters.

    Section I: Introduction 1. Resilient Destinations: Need for Governance Strategies in the Transition towards Sustainability Section II: Frameworks and Conceptualizations 2. Resilience theory and tourism 3. Governance and resilience: Evolving logics 4. Conceptualizing Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity of Tourism from an Indigenous Pacific Islands Perspective 5. Coevolution and resilient regions: Moving towards sustainable tourism development 6. The Mobilities Paradigm and Resilience in Sustainable Tourism Section III: Applications and Cases 7. Resilience and Climate Change 8. Natural Disaster, Vulnerability and Resilience: Lessons Learned from Kathmandu, Nepal 9. Building resilient and sustainable tourism destinations: Evidence from two Swiss mountain communities 10. Hosting the Nation: Rural Revitalization and Resilience through Ecotourism in Okinawa, Japan 11. Dynamics in tourism-landscape interactions in the public discourse: the case of Terschelling in the Wadden sea area 12. Refugee Flows and Tourist Mobility: Challenges to Destination Resilience Section IV: Conclusions: 13. Conclusions: A Way Ahead?


    Jarkko Saarinen is a Professor of Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland, and Distinguished Visiting Professor (Sustainability Management) at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Alison M. Gill is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Geography and School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.