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The Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Asia

ISBN 9781032339917
Published June 13, 2022 by Routledge
416 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Asia is regarded as the fastest growing area for international and domestic tourism in the world today and over the next 20 years. Given the economic, social and environmental importance of tourism in the region, there is a need for a comprehensive and readable overview of the critical debates and controversies in tourism in the region and the major factors that are affecting tourism development both now and in the foreseeable future.

This Handbook provides a contemporary survey of the region and its continued growth and development as a key destination and generator of tourism, which is marked by a high proportion of intra-regional travel. The book is divided into five sections. This first section provides an introduction to the region and context to the nationally focused chapters. The next three sections are then broadly based on the three UNWTO Asian regions: South-East Asia, South and Central Asia, and East and North-East Asia, providing readers with a valuable snapshot of tourism at various scales, and from various approaches and positions. The concluding section considers future prospects for tourism in Asia. The handbook is interdisciplinary in coverage and is also international in scope through its authorship and content. It presents a range of perspectives and understanding of the processes and forces that are shaping tourism in this fascinating and dynamic region that is one of the focal points of global tourism.

This is essential reading for students, researchers and academics interested in tourism in the growth region of Asia now and in the future.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction: region and context

1. Introduction: tourism in Asia: region and context

C. Michael Hall & Stephen J. Page

2. Heritage diplomacy and tourism in Asia

Tim Winter

3. Transport and infrastructure issues in Asian tourism

David Timothy Duval & Adam Weaver

4. Human resource and labour issues in Asian tourism

Lisa Ruhanen & Chris Cooper

5. Tourism Policies and Politics in Asia

C. Michael Hall & Suntikul Wantanee

6. Tourism and environmental change in Asia

C. Michael Hall

7. Tourism and socio-cultural change and issues

Paolo Mura

8. Poverty in tourist paradise? A review of pro-poor tourism in South and South-East Asia

V. Dao Truong, Elmarie Slabbert & V. Manh Nguyen

Part 2 Tourism in South-East Asia

9. Tourism in South-east Asia

C. Michael Hall & Stephen J. Page

10. Singapore tourism

T.C. Chang

11. Tourism in Thailand: growth, diversification and political upheaval

Nick Kontogeorgopoulos

12. Tourism in Malaysia

Ghazali Musa & Thinaranjeney Thirumoorthi

13. Tourism in Indonesia

Mark P. Hampton & Julian Clifton

14. The evolution of tourism policy in Vietnam, 1960–2015

Dao Van Truong & Anh Le

15. Visiting oppressive states: tourism In Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar

Andrea Valentin & Daniela Schilcher

Part 3 Tourism in South and Central Asia

16. Developing tourism in South and Central Asia: introduction

C. Michael Hall & Stephen J. Page

17. Tourism in India: development, performance and prospects

Girish Prayag & Subhajit Das

18. Tourism in Sri Lanka

Sriyantha Fernando, Jayatilleke S. Bandara & Christine Smith

19. The Maldives: parallel paths of conventional and alternative tourism

Aishath Shakeela & David Weaver

20. Tourism in Central Asia

Kemal Kantarci, Muzaffer Uysal, Vincent Magnini & Murat Alper Basaran

21. Tourism in Bhutan and Nepal

Sanjay Nepal & Heidi Karst

Part 4 Tourism in East and North-East Asia

22. Tourism in East and North-East Asia: introduction

C. Michael Hall & Stephen J. Page

23. China: a growth engine for Asian tourism

Alan A. Lew & Zhifei Li

24. Tourism and the "other Chinas": Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan

Wantanee Suntikul

25. Tourism in Mongolia

Dallen J. Timothy

26. Tourism in South and North Korea

Timothy Jeonglyeol Lee

27. Paradigm shift in the 21st century? Tourism in Japan

Carolin Funck

Part 5 Conclusion

28. Conclusion: prospects for tourism in Asia

C. Michael Hall & Stephen J. Page

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C. Michael Hall is Professor of Marketing, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Docent in Geography, Oulu University; Visiting Professor, Linneaus University; and Senior Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg. Author and editor of over 80 books, he has published widely on tourism, sustainability, governance and food issues.

Stephen J. Page is Associate Dean (Research) Hertfordshire Business School and Professor of Business and Management, University of Hertfordshire; author and editor of 41 books on tourism, leisure and events; and Editor of the journal Tourism Management.


"Tourism in Asia is a monumental work that represents the immensity of the huge continent in different regional tourism profiles. The reader can find here all forms of tourism, from high mountains to island tourism to riverine resort. The book opens up windows on biophysical and cultural richness of Asia. It lays bare the mosaic of orient – the remains of time and antiquity that are designated World Heritage Sites. With China attaining the zenith in tourist numbers, other resorts particularly the nations of the South and Southeast Asia have quickened their speed in developing tourism, abridging the questionable gaps of tourism between North and the South. The book also telescopes into the future with a hope and optimism. Tourism in Asia answers adequately tourism needs of researchers, planners, developers and all those readers inquisitive of tourism knowledge in Asia in a single volume. Must read this book."- Tej Vir Singh,  UNWTO Ulysses Lauriate , Director of the Centre for Tourism Research & Development (CTRD), Lucknow, India and Founder Editor of Tourism Recreation Research

The editors of The Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Asia have produced a very comprehensive, timely and authoritative compendium of the many issues, challenges and opportunities facing this dynamic part of the world. With a very strong and diverse list of contributors, the Handbook really is the definitive book of its kind with it serving as a critical platform for debate and future research. Asia’s rich history, diversity, complexity and opportunities are reflected in the book with it being an essential read for all scholars of tourism in Asia. - Alan Fyall, Orange County Endowed Professor of Tourism Marketing, University of Central Florida