The Ethics of Tourism Development

By Rosaleen Duffy, Mick Smith

© 2003 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

Drawing upon a variety of important philosophical traditions, this book develops an original perspective on the relations between ethical, economic and aesthetic values in a tourism context. It considers the ethical/political issues arising in many areas of tourism development, including:

  • the profound cultural and environmental impacts on tourist destinations
  • the reciprocity (or lack of) in host-guest relations
  • the (un)fair distribution of benefits and revenues
  • the moral implications of issues such as sex tourism, staged authenticity and travel to oppressive regimes.

The book concludes with a detailed investigation of the potential and pitfalls of ecotourism, sustainable tourism and community-based tourism, as examples of what is sometimes termed 'ethical tourism.'

Until now, the ethical issues that surround tourism development have received little academic attention. Explaining philosophical arguments without the use of excessive jargon, this fascinating book interweaves theory and practice, aided by the use of text boxes to explain key terms in ethics, politics, and tourism development, and drawing on contemporary case studies from South Africa, Mexico, Zambia, Honduras, Ethiopia and Madagascar.


'[A] closely argued academic text on ethical issues that arise from tourism.' - Tourism Review International

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Ethical Values 2. The Virtues of Travel and the Virtuous Traveller 3. The Greatest Happiness is to Travel? 4. Rights, Codes of Practice, and Social Justice 5. From Social Justice to an Ethics of Care 6. Authenticity and the Ethics of Tourism 7. Ethics and Sustainable Tourism

About the Series

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

The aim of this series is to explore and communicate the intersections and relationships between leisure, tourism and human mobility within the social sciences.
It will incorporate both traditional and new perspectives on leisure and tourism from contemporary geography whilst also providing for perspectives from cognate areas within the development of an integrated field of leisure and tourism studies.
Also, increasingly, tourism and leisure are regarded as steps in a continuum of human mobility. Inclusion of mobility in the series offers the prospect to examine the relationship between tourism and migration, the sojourner, educational travel, and second home and retirement travel phenomena.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography