1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Nature Based Tourism Development

Edited By Ante Mandić, Sandeep K. Walia Copyright 2023
    606 Pages 79 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the themes and concepts related to nature-based tourism development. Providing interdisciplinary insights from leading researchers, academics, and practitioners across the globe, it delivers a critical and timely contribution to the knowledge around nature-based tourism.

    Nature-based tourism is currently the fastest-growing tourism sector globally and for many destinations, the most significant tourism segment. Organized into five parts, this handbook provides contemporary and cutting-edge perspectives on core topics and explores their linkages. It considers, among others, various natural settings and natural attractions where nature-based tourism can be exercised, including: protected and conserved areas, islands, and mountains; the emerging themes shaping the contemporary nature-based tourism development, including ethics, Sustainable Development Goals, COVID-19 crisis, over-tourism, climate change, resilience; and new approaches toward the visitor management and low-impact experience design, including regenerative and transformative tourism, destination stewardship and pro-environmental behaviour. Part I introduces the concept of nature-based tourism and the emerging challenges in the field. Part II explores the key components in the management and planning of nature-based tourism development. In Part III the handbook focuses on visitor experience design and management and Part IV highlights the impacts of nature-based tourism. Part V examines the future of nature-based tourism and possible solutions to mitigate associated challenges in the field.

    The handbook offers a valuable contribution with a systematic outlook of the phenomenon of nature-based tourism and critical perspectives on key concepts, policy, and practice. It shares current knowledge, innovative tools, and sustainable solutions with substantial evidence and societal impact. The book will appeal to students, researchers, and professionals in the fields of tourism, human geography, leisure studies, business studies, and sociology.


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    Introduction & Organisation of the Book

    Dr Ante Mandić & Dr. Sandeep K Walia

    Section-1- Nature-Based Tourism: Concepts and Emerging Challenges

    Chapter-1- Nature-based tourism: before, during and after COVID- 19

    David Newsome & Priyan Perera

    Chapter-2- The most vulnerable and least heard: Advocating for animal justice in tourism.

    Sheppard, V.A. & Fennell, D.A

    Chapter-3- A Critical Inquiry into the Sustainability of NBT: Responsibility of the Traveler

    Bengi Ertuna, Burcin Kalabay Hatipoglu, Emre Cantekinler, Selen Dağ, Burcu Ormanlıoğlu & Serçin Dilem Şenkal

    Chapter-4- A case-story of the connection between woodlands, landscape and nature-based recreation in upland England

    Sara V. Iversen, Naomi K. van der Velden & Ian Convery

    Chapter-5- Cooperation in niches of the nature-based tourism industry- The case of mountain guiding in Norway.

    Kristin Løseth

    Chapter-6- Ecotourism, wildlife festivals, and sustainability: Are objectives, strategies, and outcomes aligned?

    Glen Hvenegaard

    Chapter-7- The role of the local community in the repositioning process of Taranto as a sustainable tourist destination.

    Sonia Ferrari & Nicolaia Iaffaldano

    Section-2-Management and Planning of Nature-Based Tourism Development

    Chapter-8- Furthering Protected Area Tourism and Visitor Management and Planning. Synthesis study of Croatian experiences with proposals for improving the framework

    Hrvoje Carić

    Chapter-9- Approaches to Foresight Recreation and Tourism in Nature – Experiences from the Nordic Region

    Peter Fredman, Tuija Sievänen, Frank S. Jensen, Vegard Gundersen, Sandra Wall-Reinius, Maria Lexhagen, Christine Lundberg, Klas Sandell, Odd Inge Vistad & Daniel Wolf-Watz

    Chapter-10- Transport infrastructure development knocks on nature-based tourism door: the case of isolated communities of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

    Asif Hussain & Francesc Fusté-Forné

    Chapter-11- Digital technologies in trail-related recreation: future challenges for trail development

    Goda Lukoseviciute, Luís Nobre Perreira & Thomas Panagopoulos

    Chapter-12- Fostering Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainable Cultural Tourism Development in Nature-Based Sites: A Case Study on Using Methodological Layering of Art-Based Methods

    Dr. Hong Li, Dr. Monika Lüthje, Ella Björn & Dr. Satu Miettinen

    Chapter-13- The Provision of sustainable wildlife experiences: The role of the wildlife watching tourism guides

    Hilde Nikoline Hambro Dybsand & Peter Fredman

    Chapter-14- The Roles of Tour Guides in Nature Based Tours

    Gül Erkol Bayram

    Chapter-15- Business networking in the field of nature-based tourism: Key factors for successful management

    Marios Sotiriadis & Ziyi Yan

    Section-3 –Visitor Experience Design and Management

    Chapter-16- The role of customer interactions for value co-creation and experience design in nature-based tourism: The case of sea kayaking

    Dorthe Eide & Frank Lindberg

    Chapter-17- Transformative Bird watching Tourism Experiences in the Peruvian Amazon

    Sandra Sotomayor, Pablo Romo & Karen Guillén

    Chapter-18- Re-designing sustainable experiences for Mount Fuji climbers: Turning peak-baggers back into pilgrims?

    Thomas E. JONES, Huong, T. BUI & Michal APOLLO

    Chapter-19- Towards Exclusively Inclusive Visitor Experience: The Case for Equity in Sustainable Tourism

    Agnes M. Nowaczek & Carolin Seiferth

    Chapter-20- Designing ecotourism experiences through co-creation: the case of small central Mediterranean islands

    Karl Agius & Samantha Chaperon

    Chapter- 21- A hidden playground: Airsoft-related experience design in nature-based tourism

    Ivana Damnjanović

    Chapter-22- Linking Tourists’ Visitation Satisfaction, Demographic and Travel Characteristics

    John T. Mgonja

    Chapter-23- Travel Characteristics, Typologies and Motivations of Nature-Based Tourists: A Literature Review


    Chapter-24- Experiential Tourism: Nature-based Tourism Trends in India

    Sneha N & Nagarjuna G

    Section-4- The Impacts of Nature-Based Tourism

    Chapter-25- Redefining sustainable tourism challenges and associated indicators in protected areas

    Marković Vukadin Izidora; Zovko Mira & Mandić Ante

    Chapter-26- Sustainable Mountain Tourism Development in Foothills of Himalaya: A TISM based approach to greater resilience of nature-based destinations

    Suneel Kumar; Marco Valeri; Shekhar Asthana; Geetanjali Sageena & Ante Mandić

    Chapter-27- Hunting Tourists' Behaviors on Package Tours: The Case of Konya Province, Turkey

    Vedat Acar, Nuray Yıldız, & Abdullah Tanrisevdi

    Chapter-28- The first insights into the impacts associated with the development of hiking tourism in Moukhtara, Lebanon

    Viana Hassan & Georges Bellos

    Chapter-29- A Tourism Accommodation Perspective in a Post-pandemic Nature-Based Tourism Development Context

    Günay EROL; Lec. Ayşe DELİORMANLI & Ebru Düşmezkalender

    Chapter-30- Nature-Based Tourism and Nature Conservation: Exploring The Elements and Links

    Jeetesh Kumar, Priyakrushna Mohanty & Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan

    Section-5- The Future of Nature-Based Tourism

    Chapter-31- Nature based tourism in light of COVID-19

    Anna Spenceley

    Chapter-32- An evaluation of Turkey’s nature-based tourism agenda: policy, planning, and management

    Mehmet Şeremet & Emine Cihangir & Kübra Cihangir-Çamur

    Chapter-33- Sustainable product development for visitor experiences in nature-based tourism: Applying and extending the Double Diamond Design Process

    Julia N. Albrecht & Marco Haid

    Chapter-34- Toward an Era of Multispecies Livelihoods in Coastal and Marine Community-based Tourism

    Samuel R. Fennell, Kellen Copeland, Bastian Thomsen, Shelby Copeland & Max Duggan


    Ante Mandić, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Tourism at the Department of Tourism and Economy, Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, University of Split, Croatia. He is also an affiliated faculty at the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University. He serves as a manager of the SmartCulTour Living Lab and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecotourism. He is a member of the Executive Committee and coordinator of Knowledge Development at the International Union for Conservation of Nature – World Commission for Protected Areas TAPAS.

    His teaching predominately focuses on sustainable tourism development. In his research, he pays attention to heritage destinations, particularly protected and conserved natural areas. He has published a number of academic papers in his field in respectful international journals as well as book chapters and books. Dr Mandić has extensive experience working as a researcher or educator on international projects founded by INTERREG MEDITERRANEAN (ShapeTourism; BluTour System; Co-Evolve; DESTIMED (educator) and also the HORIZON 2020 program (SmartCulTour)).

    Sandeep K. Walia, PhD is presently working as Professor and Deputy Dean in the School of Hotel Management and Tourism at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He is an alumnus of Himachal Pradesh University Shimla and IGNOU, New Delhi. Dr Walia is associated as Visiting Faculty to School of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia Kedah (a QS-ranked University), Malaysia, and Himalayan Institutes of Alternative Learning (an upcoming Mountain University) in Leh, Laddakh, as Curriculum Development/Board of Studies Expert and Visiting Faculty. His areas of interest are community-based tourism, tourism marketing and cultural tourism. He has worked as Program Director/ Paper Coordinator for the subject Aviation Industry – Ticketing and Frontier Formalities and developed E-content under MHRD Sponsored UGC Project titled EPG Pathshala for the online learning of Postgraduate Level. He has also acted as a faculty coordinator for Peer to Peer: Facebook Global Digital Challenge Spring 2017. Dr Walia is Founder Editor in Chief of the Tourism and Hospitality Research Review (International Journal of LPU), and the Managing Editor and Editor for the journals Tourism Dimensions and Tourism Spectrum (both international refereed journals). He has authored 9 books and 15 research papers in various Scopus and ABDC Journals.