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The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability

1st Edition

Edited by C. Michael Hall, Stefan Gossling, Daniel Scott


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Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability from C. Michael Hall, Stefan Gössling, Daniel Scott

is one of the winners of the ITB BookAwards 2016 in the category Specialist tourism literature!

Sustainability remains one of the major issues in tourism today. Concerns over climate and environmental change, the fallout from the global economic and financial crisis, and the seeming failure to meeting UN Millennium development goals have only reinforced the need for more sustainable approaches to tourism, however they be defined. Given the centrality of sustainability in tourism curricula, policies, research and practice it is therefore appropriate to prepare a state of the art handbook on the relationship between tourism and sustainability.

This timely Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability is developed from specifically commissioned original contributions from recognised authors in the field, providing a systematic guide to the current state of knowledge on this area. It is interdisciplinary in coverage and international in scope through its authorship and content. The volume commences with an assessment of tourism’s global environmental, e.g. climate, emissions, energy use, biodiversity, water use, land use, and socio-economic effects, e.g. economic impacts, employment and livelihoods, culture. This then provides the context for sections outlining the main theoretical frameworks and constructs that inform tourism and sustainability, management tools and approaches, and the approaches used in different tourism and travel industry sectors. The book concludes by examining emerging and future concerns in tourism and sustainability such as peak-oil, post-carbon tourism, green economy and transition tourism.

This is essential reading for students, researches and academics interested in the possibilities of sustainable forms of tourism and tourism’s contribution to sustainable development. Its assessment of tourism’s global impact along with its overviews of sectoral and management approaches will provide a benchmark by which the sustainability of tourism will be measured for years to come.


"In The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainable, Hall, Gössling and Scott have brought together leading scholars to create what may be the single most comprehensive resource on the concepts, debates and methodologies of sustainable tourism to date. This is a timely volume toward understanding tourism and its relationship to the increasing pressures of global environmental and social change in today's world."-Alan A. Lew, Ph.D., AICP, Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, Northern Arizona University

"This comprehensive Handbook explores the conceptual foundations and management perspectives of sustainability in tourism. Engaging with well-argued criticism the book demonstrates the value and diversity of sustainable tourism studies. This collection is a ‘must have’ for scholars and students who want to understand the complexity and challenges of sustainable development in tourism." - Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu, Finland, and University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Table of Contents

1. Tourism and sustainability: An introduction C. Michael Hall, Stefan Gössling and Daniel Scott Section A: Introductory contexts to tourism and sustainability 2. The evolution of sustainable development and sustainable tourism C. Michael Hall, Stefan Gössling and Daniel Scott 3. The global effects and impacts of tourism: An overview Michelle Rutty, Stefan Gössling, Daniel Scott and C. Michael Hall Section B: Theoretical frameworks and concepts in tourism and sustainability 4. Tourism and the precautionary principle in theory and practice David A. Fennell 5. Sustainable yield: An integrated approach to tourism management Jeremy Northcote 6. Tourism and common pool resources Helen Briassoulis 7. Tourism and human rights Freya Higgins-Desbiolles and Kyle Whyte 8. Ethics in tourism Georgette Leah Burns 9. Pro-poor tourism: Reflections on past research and directions for the future Dao Troung 10. Environmentally sustainable tourists? Sara Dolnicar 11. Environmental justice and tourism Rob Hales and Tazim Jamal 12. Consumptive and non-consumptive tourism practices: The case of wildlife tourism Brent Lovelock 13. Tourism and cultural change Melanie Smith Section C: Management tools and concepts 14. Environmental indicators and benchmarking for sustainable tourism development Heather Zeppel 15. Certification and labelling Sonya Graci and Rachel Dodds 16. Life cycle assessment Viachaslau Filimonau 17. Carbon management Stefan Gössling 18. Sustainable tourism legislation and regulation Mucha Mkono and John M. Jenkins 19. Promoting voluntary behaviour change for sustainable tourism: The potential role of social marketing Dao Truong and C. Michael Hall 20. Managing visitors to the natural environment David Newsome and Susan Moore 21. Corporate social responsibility Tim Coles, Emily Fenclova and Claire Dinan 22. Wildlife tourism: "Call it consumption!"James Higham and Debbie Hopkins 23. Stories of people and places: interpretation, tourism and sustainability Gianna Moscardo 24. Tourism in the future(s): Forecasting and scenarios Daniel Scott and Stefan Gössling 25. Local-scale environmental impacts and management of tourism Ralf Buckley Section D: Sectoral approaches to tourism and sustainability 26. Foodservice in tourism and sustainability Brian Garrod 27. Environmental management and online environmental performance assessment tools in the hotel industry: Theory and practice Paulina Bohdanowicz-Godfrey and Piotr Zientara 28. Built attractions and sustainability John Swarbrooke 29. Destination tourism: Critical debates, research gaps and the need for a new research agenda Bruce Prideaux 30. Natural heritage, parks and protected areas Warwick Frost and Jennifer Laing 31. Changing audience behaviour: A pathway to sustainable event management James Musgrave and Stephen Henderson 32. Small firms and sustainable tourism policy: Exploring moral framing Rhodri Thomas Section E: Sustainable Transport and Mobility 33. Sustainable mobility Erling Holden and Kristin Linnerud 34. The role of aviation in sustainable development of tourism Paul Peeters and Rob Bongaerts 35. The environmental challenges of cruise tourism: Impacts and governance Machiel Lamers, Eke Eijgelaar and Bas Amelung 36. Public transport Diem-Trinh Le-Klähn 37. Sustainable space tourism: new destinations, new challenges David T. Duval and C. Michael Hall Section F: Emerging Issues and the Future 38. Peak oil and tourism: The end of growth? Suzanne Becken 39. Low carbon and post carbon travel and destinations Stefan Gössling 40. Slow travel Janet Dickinson 41. Conclusion: Tourism and sustainability: Towards a green(er) tourism economy? C. Michael Hall, Stefan Gössling and Daniel Scott

About the Editors

C. Michael Hall is a Professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury and Docent, Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland. Co-editor of Current Issues in Tourism, he has wide ranging research interests in tourism, mobility and regional development, food, and environmental history.

Stefan Gössling is a Professor at the Department of Service Management, Lund University and the School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus-University, Kalmar, Sweden, and research coordinator at the Western Norway Research Institute’s Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism. His research interests include tourism and climate change, tourism and development, mobility studies, renewable energy, low-carbon tourism, as well as climate policy and carbon trading.

Daniel Scott is a Canada Research Chair in Global Change and Tourism in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo. His research interests include tourism and climate change, sustainable tourism, protected areas management and climate change, and tourism-recreation climatology.

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TRAVEL / General