Written in 1989 when the modern tourist industry had reached a crucial stage in its development, when increased mobility and affluence had led to more extensive and extravagant travel, and competition within the industry had intensified, this book is comprehensive examination of tourism development. The author provides a new perspective for its evaluation, and a suggested strategy for its continued development and evolution. He examines tourism from the viewpoint of destination areas and their aspirations, and recommends an ecological, community approach to developing and planning – one which encourages local initiative, local benefits, and a tourism product in harmony with the local environment and its people.
Part 1: Tourism and its significance 1. Scope and Nature of tourism 2. Evolution of tourism 3. Issues in tourism Part 2: The environment and accessibility 4 Environmental-accessibility issues 5 Environmental and accessibility strategies Part 3: Economics and business 6. Economic cycles and benefits 7. Economic response strategies Part 4: Society and culture 8. Hospitality and authenticity issues 9. Social and cultural strategies Part 5: Planning and management 10. Tourism planning goals and methods 11. Tourism as a community industry. Afterword. References. Name index. Subject index.