1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Asia

Edited By C. Michael Hall, Stephen J. Page Copyright 2017
    416 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    414 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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