This fascinating book is the first comprehensive analysis of the economic, social and political interrelationships between tourism and global environmental change: one of the most significant issues facing humankind today. Its contributors argue that the impacts of these changes are potentially extremely serious both for the tourism industry, and for the communities dependent upon it.
Integrating knowledge from the social and physical sciences, this significant book explores they key issues surrounding global environmental change, as well as government and industry willingness to meet the challenges posed by it. Divided into four main sections, it investigates:
- the tourism and global environmental change relationship in specific environments
- global issues related to environmental change
- differing perceptions of global environmental change held by tourists and the tourist industry.
Comprehensive in scope, topical and integrative, this key text is essential reading for students, scholars and researchers in all aspects of tourism, geography and environmental studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Tourism and Global Environmental Change Part 1: Environments 2. Impacts of Global Environmental Change on Tourism in the Polar Regions 3. Global Environmental Change and Mountain Tourism 4. Lakes and Streams 5. Tourism and Forest Ecosystems 6. The Coastal and Marine Environment 7. Deserts and Savannah Regions 8. Tourism Urbanisation and Global Environmental Change Part 2: Global Issues 9. Tourism, Disease and Global Environmental Change 10. Tourism and Water 11. Extreme Weather Events 12. Biodiversity and Global Environmental Change Part 3: Stakeholder Adaptation and Perceptions 13. The Role of Climate Information in Tourist Destination Choice Decision-Making 14. Re-structuring the Tourist Industry 15. US Ski Industry Adaptation to Climate Change 16. The Example of the Avalanche Winter 1999 and the Storm Lothar in the Swiss Alps 17. Tourists and Global Environmental Change 18. Conclusion