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Tourism and Development in the Developing World

By David J. Telfer, Richard Sharpley

© 2008 – Routledge

264 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

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Tourism is widely considered as an effective contributor to socio-economic development, particularly in less developed countries. However, despite the almost universal adoption of tourism as a developmental option, the extent to which economic and social development inevitably follows the introduction and promotion of a tourism sector remains the subject of intense debate. This book provides an introduction to the tourism-development process. Focusing specifically on the less developed world and drawing on contemporary case studies, it questions many assumptions about the role of tourism in development and, in particular, highlights the dilemmas faced by destinations seeking to achieve development through tourism.

Combining an overview of essential concepts, theories and knowledge related to tourism and development with an analysis of contemporary issues and debates, Tourism and Development in the Developing World is a valuable resource for those investigating tourism issues in developing countries. It is also useful for students studying related subjects, including development studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology and area studies.


A strength of this book is the clear and unambiguous presentation of theory and its associated concepts. Of great value to students is the extensive use of case-study material to illustrate and elaborate on theoretical points and arguments.

South African Geographical Journal

Dr Sanette Ferreira, Stellenbosch University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Tourism in Developing Countries 2. Tourism and Sustainable Development 3. Globalisation and Tourism 4. The Tourism Planning and Development Process 5. Community Response to Tourism 6. The Consumption of Tourism 7. Assessing the Impacts of Tourism 8. Conclusion: The Tourism Development Dilemma

About the Authors

David J. Telfer is Associate Professor in the Department of Tourism and Environment at Brock University, Canada.

Richard Sharpley is Professor of Tourism at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Perspectives on Development

Routledge Perspectives on Development provides an invaluable, up to date and refreshing approach to key development issues for academics and students working in the field of development, in disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, politics and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography