"Tourism and Sustainability" explores and challenges the most significant geopolitical ideas of the last two decades -- sustainability, globalization and development -- and demonstrates their significance for understanding the emergence, growth and potential of new forms of tourism in the Third World. It gauges the degree to which new and reputedly more responsible forms of tourism can respond to the most pressing challenges of our age: to 'make poverty history' and head off environmental catastrophe. In so doing "Tourism and Sustainability" weighs up the development credentials of new tourism. This third edition has been extensively updated and further illustrated, and includes new and extended material on: Third World development and tourism the role and activities of multi and bi-lateral donor and development agencies the growth, potential and lessons from pro-poor tourism development new tourism and the Millennium Development Goals tourism and climate change the potential for new and pro-poor tourism in cities the impact and consequences of disasters the potential for tourism in the face of insecurity.Drawing on a wealth of examples from across the globe, "Tourism and Sustainability" illustrates the social, economic and environmental conditions for the growth of new tourism.
In assessing the impact and potential of new forms of tourism, the range of activities of those involved is critically reviewed, from tourists and the tourism industry through to governments and global development agencies such as the Word Bank. While there are grounds for optimism, "Tourism and Sustainability" argues that the faith assigned to new tourism as an agent for development is exaggerated, with its future potential undercut by the uneven and unequal nature of global and local development processes. This book is a key text for students and researchers of tourism studies and development studies.
Martin Mowforth is a freelance researcher and Visiting Research Fellow in Human Geography at the University of Plymouth, where his work focuses on issues of environment, development, sustainability, natural disasters and tourism. He has been and still is an occasional development worker in the region of Central America, this work involving issues of education, environment, the application of sustainability indicators, tourism, disaster recovery, poverty reduction and general community welfare. Ian Munt is a freelance human settlements specialist and has worked on projects with UN agencies, bilateral donors and non-governmental organisations in Central America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe.