1st Edition

Sustainable Tourism in Island Destinations

By Sonya Graci, Rachel Dodds Copyright 2010
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Many of the world's islands are dependent on tourism as their main source of income. It is therefore imperative that these destinations are managed for long-term viability. The natural appeal of a destination is typically one of its main tourism related assets, yet the natural environment is also the feature most directly threatened by potential overexploitation. Sustainable Tourism in Island Destinations builds on existing literature in the subject by providing innovative discussions and practical management structures through the use of the authors' various island project work. An original feature is the focus on islands which are part of larger nations, rather than just on island sovereign states. Through an illustrated case study approach, the book focuses on the successes and challenges islands face in achieving sustainable tourism. The authors put forward innovative mechanisms such as multi-stakeholder partnerships and incentive-driven non-regulatory approaches as ways that the sustainability agenda can move forward in destinations that face specific challenges due to their geography and historic development. The case studies - from Canada, St Kitts, Honduras, China, Indonesia, Spain, Tanzania and Thailand - provide the foundation which suggests that alternative approaches to tourism development are possible if they retain sustainability as a priority.

    Contents Special Preamble by Richard W. Butler Foreword by Ilan Kelman Authors' Preface Part I: Sustainability in Island Destinations 1. Tourism, Growth and the Need for Sustainability 2. Setting the Stage 3. Island Tourism Part II: Challenges to Achieving Sustainability in Island Destinations 4. Challenges to Achieving Sustainable Tourism 5. Lack of Stakeholder Awareness and Education in Sanya, Hainan, China 6. Lack of Consideration for the Local Community in the Cayos Cochinos Islands, Honduras 7. Unsustainable Development in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand 8. Lack of Long-term Planning and Copy-Cat Tourism in St. Kitts Part III: Successes of Achieving Sustainability in Island Destinations 9. Successes in Island Tourism 10. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia: Collaborative Partnerships 11. Calvi , Mallorca, Spain: Implementing a Multi-Stakeholder Policy 12. Chumbe Island, Tanzania: Strong Leadership and Partnership Overcomes Great Obstacles 13. Moose Factory, Ontario, Canada: Putting Community-Based Tourism into Practice Part IV: Synthesis 14. Innovative Initiatives to Sustainable Tourism Development 15. Conclusion and the Way Forward References Appendix: Resources Index


    Sonya Graci is Assistant Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and the Director of Accommodating Green, a consultancy. Rachel Dodds is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University, and the Director of Sustaining Tourism, a consultancy.

    'The theme of this volume is the relationship between tourism, development and the environment of islands and the examples featured succeed in capturing the flavour and urgency of the situation in island locations. They should help to teach all who care about islands and their character some of the steps that we need to take to ensure that character remains in the future.' Professor Richard W. Butler, University of Strathclyde, UK 'This book provides some answers. It grasps the challenge of sustainability within tourism livelihoods to explore the vulnerabilities that tourism livelihoods create and redress. The island context becomes poignant given the diversity of the case studies, yet the familiarity of many of the topics is often enhanced by the island context.' Ilan Kelman, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo, Norway