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Tourist Studies developed as a sub-branch of older disciplines in the social sciences, such as anthropology, sociology and economics, and newer applied fields of study in hospitality management, civil rights and transport studies. This Handbook is a sign of the maturity of the field. It provides an essential resource for teachers and students to determine the roots, key issues, and agenda of Tourism Studies.

The Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism in Developing Countries
The challenges and prospects for sustainable tourism and ecotourism in developing countries
Introduction

The tourism industry has been described as one of the global economic success stories of the last 40 years (Coccossis and Parpairis, 1995). Governments in developing countries often invest in tourism with the assumption that it will contribute to economic development (Hall, 1995). Tourism is viewed as a means for national and regional development to increase employment, foreign exchange earnings, balance of payments advantages, and infrastructure (Edwards, 2004; Glasson et al., 1995). In developing countries, sustainable tourism is especially important because it has the potential to bring social, economic, and environmental benefits. The objective of this chapter is to assess the practices and ...

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