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.

Planning Tourism

Planning tourism

Planning here is the controlled and integrated development of tourism in such a way that positive impacts are maximised and negative impacts are minimised.

Tourism is an attractive development option for many countries because it brings important economic benefits (see economics of tourism). However, economic considerations often overshadow or outweigh social or environmental ones, as governments see tourism as a quick and easy route to growth. However, this can backfire if negative impacts adversely affect the destination, visitors stop coming, or the destination becomes dependent on tourism and some kind of crisis destroys it (see also crisis management).

Some typical negative impacts of tourism include the following:

  • Economic overdependence on tourism
  • Tourism controlled by too many foreign operators and investors
  • Tourism feels like a new form ...
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