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Tourism, Resilience and Sustainability

Adapting to Social, Political and Economic Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Joseph M. Cheer, Alan A. Lew


224 pages

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In a world increasingly faced with, and divided by, regional and global crises, resilience has emerged as a key concept with significant relevance for tourism.

A paradigmatic shift is taking place in the long-term planning of tourism development, in which the prevailing focus on sustainability is being enhanced with the practical application of resilience planning. This book provides a critical appraisal of sustainability and resilience, and the relationship between the two. Contributions highlight the complexity of addressing social change with resilience planning in a range of tourism contexts, from islands to mountains, from urban to remote environments, and in a range of international settings. Case studies articulate how tourism is both an agent of social change and a victim of larger change processes, and provide important lessons on how to deal with increasingly unstable economic, social and environmental systems.

This is the first book to specifically examine social change and sustainability in tourism through a resilience lens. This much-needed contribution to the literature will be a key resource for those working in tourism studies, tourism planning and management, social geography, and development studies, among others.

Table of Contents


1. Understanding tourism resilience: Adapting to social, political and economic change

Joseph Cheer and Alan A. Lew

​2. Resilience in tourism: Development, theory, and application

C. Michael Hall

3. Planning for slow resilience in a tourism community context

Alan A. Lew


4. Resilience in the visitor economy: Cultural economy, human social networks, and slow change in the regional periphery

Joseph M. Cheer

5. Tourism and resilience on Jersey: Culture, environment, and sea

Christian Fleury and Henry Johnson

6. From warrior to beach boy: The resilience of the Maasai in Zanzibar’s tourism business

Lauri Johannes Hooli

7. Resilience in the face of changing circumstances: Fair Isle, Shetland

Richard Butler

8. Threats and obstacles to resilience: Insight's from Greece's wine tourism

Maria Alebaki and Dimitri Ioannides

9. The sustainability of small business resilience: The local tourism industry of Yogyakarta, Indonesia a decade after the crisis

Heidi Dahles


10. Strategies for building community resilience to long-term structural change in the Mackay and Whitsunday regions of Queensland, Australia

Alexandra Bec, Brent Moyle, Char-lee McLennan and Robyn Keast

11. Collaborative capacity building as a resilience strategy for tourism development in indigenous Mexico

Pilar Espeso-Molinero

12. Resilience and rural tourism development in rural China: Huangling Village in Jiangxi Province

Xiaoqing Chen and Alan A. Lew

13. Learning from Dabang, Taiwan: Sustainbility and resilience in action in indigenous tourism development

Tsung-Chiung (Emily) Wu and Geoffrey Wall

14. Tourism, history, identity, and community resilience in the world heritage city of Kandy, Sri Lanka

Keir Reeves and Sivesan Sivanandamoorthy

15. Backpacker tourism in Fiji as a sustainability intervention: Will they sink or swim?

Supattra Sroypetch and Rod Caldicott

16. Sustainability or resilience? Poverty-related philanthropic tourism as an agent for deliberate slow change

Gary Lacey, Betty Weiler and Victoria Peel

17. Between resilience and preservation strategies: Traditional villages from Maramures Land, Romania

Gabriela Ilies


18. Lessons learned: Globalization, change and resilience in tourism communities

Alan A. Lew & Joseph Cheer

About the Editors

Joseph M. Cheer is a lecturer at the National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS), Monash University and directs the activities of the Australia and International Tourism Research Unit (AITRU). His research draws from transdisciplinary perspectives, especially human geography, cultural anthropology and political economy with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. He is focused on research-to-practice with an emphasis on resilience building, sustainability and social justice.

Alan A. Lew is a professor and chairperson in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation at Northern Arizona University, USA, where he teaches in geography, urban planning and tourism. His research interests focus on tourism in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in East and Southeast Asia. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Tourism Geographies, a Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Tourism

Tourism has been the fastest growing industry of the last decade as disposable incomes grew throughout the world. This series highlights state of the art and cutting edge Tourism research in the following areas:

* the management and organization of tourism
* tourism and development
* the benefits and the disadvantages of the effects of tourism

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
TRAVEL / General
TRAVEL / Reference