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.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction 1. Introduction: placing resilience in the sustainability frame Part II: Frameworks and Conceptualizations 2. Tourism, resilience, and governance strategies in the transition towards sustainability 3. Resilience theory and tourism 4. Governance, tourism, and resilience: a long way to go? 5. Co-evolution and resilient regions: moving towards sustainable tourism development 6. The mobilities paradigm, resilience and sustainable tourism Part III: Applications and Cases 7. Conceptualizing vulnerability and adaptive capacity of tourism from an indigenous Pacific Islands perspective 8. Post-disaster recovery, tourism, and heritage conservation: insights from the impacts of Nepal’s 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu Valley 9. Working towards resilience: collective agency in a tourism destination in the Swiss Alps 10. Resort retail resilience: the contested spaces of retailing in Whistler, Canada 11. Examining social–ecological resilience: using content analysis to assess changes in public perceptions of the synergetic interactions between tourism development and landscape protection 12. Revitalizing the nation: building resilience through ecotourism in Okinawa, Japan Part IV: Conclusions 13. Conclusions: challenges and opportunities in the transition towards sustainability
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.