A New Synthesis
Published May 18th 2009 by Routledge – 310 pages
Tourism is an intensely geographic phenomenon. It stimulates large-scale, global movement of people and forges distinctive relationships between people and the places they visit. It shapes processes of physical development and resource exploitation, whilst the presence of visitors exerts a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts that often have important implications for local geographies.
This second edition of Tourism Geography develops a critical understanding of how different geographies of tourism are created and maintained. Drawing on both historical and contemporary perspectives, the discussion – which is in three main parts – connects tourism to key geographical concepts relating to globalization, mobility, new geographies of production and consumption, and post-industrial change. Part one examines how spatial patterns of tourism are formed and evolve through time. Part two offers an extended discussion of how tourism relates to places that are toured, examining physical and economic development, socio-cultural and environmental relations and the role of tourism planning. Part three develops a range of new material for this second edition that considers important contemporary influences upon tourism geographies, including place promotion, new forms of urban tourism, heritage, identity and embodied forms of tourism.
Featuring international case studies and supported by up-to-date statistics, the text offers a concise yet comprehensive review of tourism geography and how geographers can interpret this important contemporary process. Written primarily as a student text, each chapter includes guidance for further study and summary bibliographies that form the basis for independent work.
'This revised edition of Stephen William's book contributes significantly to an understanding of the importance of geographical issues in the theory and practice of tourism. Leavened with useful case studies and questions this new edition links some conventional and basic issues to the intricacies of the geographical perspectives to provide some new insights into practices of tourism.' – Dr. Michael Fagance, The University of Queensland, Australia
Introduction 1. Tourism, Geography and Geographies of Tourism Part 1: Tourism Development & Spatial Change 2. Tourism Places and the Place of Tourism: Resort Development and the Popularisation of Tourism 3. From Camber Sands to Waikiki: the Expanding Horizons of International Tourism Part 2: Tourism Relations 4. Costs and Benefits: the Physical and Economic Development of Tourism 5. Tourism, Sustainability and Environmental Change 6. Socio-cultural Relations in Tourism 7. Strategies for Development: the Role of Planning in Tourism Part 3: Understanding the Spaces of Tourism 8. Inventing Places: Cultural Constructions and Tourism Geographies 9. Urban Tourism in a Changing World 10. The Past as a Foreign Country: Heritage Attractions in Contemporary Tourism 11. Tourism, Consumption and Identity
Stephen Williams is Professor of Human Geography and Head of Applied Sciences at Staffordshire University, UK. He is also the Director of the University’s Institute for Environment, Sustainability and Regeneration. His publications include Outdoor Recreation and the Urban Environment (Routledge): Tourism and Recreation.