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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.

Destination Management: New Challenges, New Needs
Destination management: New challenges, new needs

Changing consumer demographics and preferences, rapid technological advances, globalization of trade and increasing pressure on the physical environment, are some of the key drivers of the changes in tourism destinations and among the industry sectors that facilitate travel and tourism. Various authors have identified and discussed issues and strategies related to destination management, such as growth management (Gill and Williams, 1994), planning within environmental and sociocultural capacity limits of (Inskeep, 1991), and organizations for marketing destinations (Pearce, 1992). But progress is slow in showing how the various and highly varied characteristics and issues facing tourism destinations can be integrated for effective destination management, rather than the piecemeal approach that appears to be the status quo.

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