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The Global Tourism System

Governance, Development and Lessons from South Africa, 1st Edition

By Scarlett Cornelissen


206 pages

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Focusing on the political economy of the international tourism sector in the era of globalization and its impact in developing contexts, this book employs a case study analysis of South Africa to assess how international tourism as a global system of trade, production, exchange and governance plays out in developing countries. It also examines its benefits and disadvantages for these countries. Scarlett Cornelissen explores the nature and extent of global tourism production, consumption and regulation and how these bear upon developmental prospects, specifically in the South. She also highlights lessons for other developing countries about the limitations and possibilities for greater linkage to the global tourism system. The book is suitable for both scholars and practitioners interested in global tourism, international political economy, development, Africa and cultural studies.


'Scholars of international tourism and national development strategy will find much of interest in this book. It interprets a case study of recent tourism patterns and trends in South Africa through the lens of multi-disciplinary theories of global economic systems and cultural analysis.' Ivan Turok, University of Glasgow, UK 'This is an impressive piece of work, in which Dr Scarlett Cornelissen has demonstrated considerable breadth of knowledge in the developmental aspects of tourism within the South African context, relating the synthesis to the wider setting of the literature on tourism and provided an excellent analysis of them, based upon a clear rationale and focus.' Peter U.C. Dieke, George Mason University, USA '…this is a welcome book that brings the value of international political economy to the tourism table.' Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: The global tourism system; Globalization, tourism and development; South Africa's tourist sector: patterns, parameters and paradoxes; The dynamics of the global tourism production system; The political economy of destination marketing: producing and imaging 'Place' and 'People'; The global governance of tourism; New global niches: tourism, sport and mega-events; Conclusion: tourism development in the contemporary era; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Scarlett Cornelissen is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her research projects include the political economy of tourism and urban competitiveness and governance in Southern Africa. She has published on various topics, such as Japan’s involvement in Africa, the impact of international economic changes on South African cities, and the tourism dimensions of sport mega-events. Articles have appeared, amongst others, in the Journal of Modern African Studies, Pacific Review, Third World Quarterly and Review of International Political Economy.

About the Series

New Directions in Tourism Analysis

New Directions in Tourism Analysis
Although tourism is becoming increasingly popular as both a taught subject and an area for empirical investigation, the theoretical underpinnings of many approaches have tended to be eclectic and somewhat underdeveloped. However, recent developments indicate that the field of tourism studies is beginning to develop in a more theoretically informed manner, but this has not yet been matched by current publications. The aim of this series is to fill this gap with high quality monographs or edited collections that seek to develop tourism analysis at both theoretical and substantive levels using approaches which are broadly derived from allied social science disciplines such as Sociology, Social Anthropology, Human and Social Geography, and Cultural Studies. As tourism studies covers a wide range of activities and sub fields, certain areas such as Hospitality Management and Business, which are already well provided for, would be excluded. The series will therefore fill a gap in the current overall pattern of publication. Suggested themes to be covered by the series, either singly or in combination, include - consumption; cultural change; development; gender; globalisation; political economy; social theory; sustainability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General