1st Edition

Tourism, Resilience and Sustainability Adapting to Social, Political and Economic Change

Edited By Joseph M. Cheer, Alan A. Lew Copyright 2018
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.