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Tourism is becoming an increasingly prominent feature of contemporary life. More of us travel for pleasure than ever before, yet the social scientific literature on tourism is relatively scant. This book provides an original contribution to the field of tourist studies. The contributors to International Tourism reconceptualize the local and the global, avoiding such crude oppositions as centre v periphery, modern v traditional, macro v micro and North v South. Instead, they demonstrate that the local cannot be understood without the global, and that the global can never be isolated from the regional setting within which it operates. Providing new insights into theories of touristic practice, this volume place
Chapter 1: International Tourism, Internationalization and the Challenge to Identity
International Tourism, Internationalization and the Challenge to Identity
International Tourism and World Integration
What is international tourism? The expression ‘international tourism’ makes for confusion. Some think that it refers to one particular aspect of the general phenomenon of ‘tourism’, and that one can lighten the text by deleting the word ‘international’. The term is used here, however, as a single conceptual entity without dissociating the word ‘international’ from the word ‘tourism’. This choice of terminology is fully intentional, however, and not a matter of the simple spatial extension of a phenomenon which has hitherto been confined within national limits.
The word ‘tourism’, as it is defined in dictionaries or oper-ationalized for example in statistics, has grown out of an idea ...