This handbook presents a timely, broad-ranging, and provocative overview of the essential nature of ecotourism. The chapters will both advance the existing central themes of ecotourism and provide challenging and divergent observations that will thrust ecotourism into new areas of research, policy, and practice.
The volume is arranged around four key themes: sustainability, ethics and identity, change, conflict, and consumption, and environment and learning, with a total of 28 chapters. The first section focuses on sustainability as a core ecotourism criterion, with a primary focus on some of the macro sustainability issues that have an impact on ecotourism. Foremost among these topics is the linkage to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which have relevance to ecotourism as one of the greenest or most responsible forms of tourism. The chapters in the second section provide a range of different topics that pull ecotourism research into new directions, including a chapter on enriching indigenous ecotourism through culturally sensitive universalism. The third section includes chapters on topics ranging from persons with disabilities as a neglected body of research in ecotourism, to ecotourism as a form of luxury consumption. The final section emphasises the link between ecotourism and learning about the natural world, including a deeply theoretical chapter on rewilding Europe. With contributions from authors around the world, this handbook gives a global platform to local voices, in both developed and emerging country contexts.
The multidisciplinary and international Routledge Handbook of Ecotourism will be of great interest to researchers, students, and practitioners working in tourism and sustainability.
Table of Contents
THEME I Sustainability 1. Ecotourism and the Sustainable Development Goals Anna Spenceley and Andrew Rylance 2. Ecotourism, regenerative tourism, and the circular economy: emerging trends and ecotourism Jonathon Day, Sandra Sydnor, Maria Marshall, and Steve Noakes 3. Ecotourism and the trouble with transportation Stephen Schweinsberg and Simon Darcy 4. Linking resilience thinking and sustainability pillars to ecotourism principles Valerie A. Sheppard5 Overtourism in Petra protected area: tour guides’ perspectives Areej Shabib Aloudat 6. Technology and the sustainable tourist in the new age of disruption David A. Fennell THEME II Ethics and identities 7. Enchantment: feeding care within the cracks of ecotourism Kellee Caton, Chris E. Hurst, and Bryan S. R. Grimwood 8. Ecotourism development through culturally sensitive universalism John B. Read IV and Bryan S. R. Grimwood 9. Wolf ecotourism: a posthumanist approach to wildlife ecotourism Bastian Thomsen 10. Indigenous ecotourism in Canada Sonya Graci 11. The connection between nature and Sámi identity: the role of ecotourisma Cecilia De Bernardi 12. The role of the visitor in stewardship and volunteering in tourism James Malitoni Chilembwe 13. Ecotourism impact on livelihoods and wellbeing Ian E. Munanura and Edwin Sabuhoro 14. Female entrepreneurship and ecotourism Ige Pirnar THEME III Change, conflict, and consumption 15. Ecotourism and accessibility for persons with disabilities Brian Garrod 16. Ecotourism and climate change Jonathon Day and Steve Noakes 17. Animals caught in the crossfire: humanitarian efforts and responsible tourism opportunities Nicholas Wise 18. Anti-ecotourism: the convergence of localism and way of life Joe Pavelka 19. Socialisation: How it augments ecotourists’ experiential satisfaction during ecotrips and after (in social media aided virtual settings) Sudipta Kiran Sarkar 20. Vietnamese ecotourists: ecotourists from an unconventional market Huong H. Do, David Weaver, and Laura Lawton 21. Ecotourism as form of luxury consumption Serena Volo and David D’Acunto THEME IV Environment and learning 22. Ecotourism and theories of learning/education Manuel Ramón González-Herrera and Silvia Giralt-Escobar 23. A critical analysis of sustainable destination governance from environmental perspective: a systematic review Kadir Çakar 24. Will work for food: positioning animals in ecotourism Georgette Leah Burns 25. Biodiversity conservation through an agroecotourism project: the case of Ovacık Village, Turkey Burcin Kalabay Hatipoglu, Fatma Cam Denizci, and Tümay Imamoğlu 26. Ecotourism and rewilding Europe Nils Lindhal Elliot 27. The role of ecotourism in nature needs half vision Helen Kopnina 28. Ecotourism for conservation? Amanda L. Stronza, Carter A. Hunt, and Lee A. Fitzgerald
David A. Fennell is a professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, Brock University, Canada. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ecotourism.