Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.



Neo-colonialism is a term used to describe the operations of capitalist forces in the era when colonial empires are no longer in existence. Instead of using force, neo-colonialist powers employ economic, financial and trade policies to dominate less powerful countries. Third World tourism is considered by many to be a form of neo-colonialism.

Colonialism in the past was related to the spread of empires and the need to dominate ever greater areas of territory in order to prove power and dominion. The last great empire, as such, the British Empire under Queen Victoria, produced ‘colonialism’ in the shape of the Commonwealth. One of the last bastions of colonialism, Hong Kong, was ceded only recently back to ‘local’ rule, whereas Canada, Australia, New Zealand and parts ...

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