This fourth edition of The Geography of Tourism and Recreation provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the interrelationship between tourism, leisure and recreation from geographical and social science perspectives. It still remains the only book to systematically compare and contrast in a spatial context, tourism and recreation in relation to leisure time, offering insight into the demand, supply, planning, destination management and impacts of tourism and recreation.
Whilst retaining its accessible style and approach this edition has been significantly updated to reflect recent developments and new concepts from geography which are beginning to permeate the tourism and recreational field. New features include:
Written by leading academics, this is essential reading for all tourism, geography, leisure and recreation students.
"They just keep getting better and better. This new edition of The Geography of Tourism and Recreation is an outstanding example of contemporary and cutting-edge thinking in the dynamic subfield of tourism geographies. It exemplifies a heterogeneous approach to understanding the spatial implications of tourism, the industry and its functions in diverse settings and ecosystems, and its impacts on human and natural environments. For an innovative examination of current trends in tourism, this book is essential reading for anyone who studies, teaches, or practices the business, art and science of tourism." - Dallen J. Timothy, Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University, USA.
"In the often nebulous and many-sided world of tourism geographies, where space and place are simultaneously attraction and constraint, product and site, destination and experience, there are no more knowledgeable, versatile or sure footed guides than C.Michael Hall and Stephen Page. They have led a generation of students and researchers and in this fourth edition they continue the intellectual journey into the emerging social, economic and political realities of the 21st century." - G.J.Ashworth, Professor, Department of Planning, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands.
1. Introduction: Tourism Matters! 2. The Demand for Recreation and Tourism 3. The Supply of Recreation and Tourism 4. The Impacts of Tourism and Recreation 5. Urban Recreation and Tourism 6. Rural Recreation and Tourism 7. Tourism and Recreation in Wilderness and Protected Areas 8. Coastal and Marine Recreation and Tourism 9. Tourism and Recreation Planning, Policy and Governance 10. The Future