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.

Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism applies the concept of sustainable development to the tourism industry and strives towards tourism that has the least possible impact on host communities and the environment, while maintaining economic viability.

Over the last two decades, the increasing awareness of the impacts that tourism brings to the environments, economies and cultures of destinations has led to the development of sustainable tourism as both a theory and practice within the management of tourism. Sustainable tourism is concerned with the adverse effects of tourism and is therefore strongly connected to ethical tourism and ecotourism.

The idea of sustainable tourism is derived from the wider concept of sustainable development, which reflects growing concern about human impact on the environment. Sustainability as a concept has two opposing ...

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