Routledge – 2014 – 344 pages
Ecotourism continues to be embraced as the antithesis of mass tourism because of its promise of achieving sustainability through conservation mindedness, community development, education and learning, and the promotion of nature based activities that were sensitive to both ecological and social systems. The extent to which this promise has been realised is open to debate.
This book continues its tradition of touching on many of the most important questions about the purity and potential of ecotourism in the face of so many competing demands—demands that will not go away because they appear to a function of who we are at the very core; a function of human nature. The book is a useful aid to students because it is an authoritative and comprehensive review of many of the most important issues that continue to both plague ecotourism and make it one of the most dynamic sectors in the tourism industry. It’s also important because of the breadth of coverage of themes as well as geographical regions, and because of its accessible style.
1. The nature of ecotourism 2. The ecotourist 3. Ecotourism in the natural world 4. Development, economics and marketing 5. Ecotourism: is it really about community? 6. Policy and governance: managing stakeholder interests 7. The practice of ecotourism 8. The educational imperative 9. The ethical imperative 10. Conclusion