This is a critical introduction to the relations between tourism, tourists, and tourism spaces. It fuses economic and cultural perspectives to explain how tourism is dependent on place and space, while at the same time as defining those places and spaces. Examining different levels of scale - from local to global - Tourism and Tourism Spaces is informed by the discussion of three key processes: - production and consumption of tourist spaces - consumption and commodification of tourist experiences - construction and reconstruction of tourist spaces Each chapter engages with different theoretical perspectives; is illustrated with comparative examples and case studies; uses tables, boxes and figures throughout; and concludes with a summary. An integrated and systematic review of a range of theoretical positions - that integrates economic and cultural - Tourism and Tourism Spaces will be a key resource for students of geography, sociology, management studies, hospitality studies, and leisure studies.
This brief concluding chapter is divided into three parts. First we reflect on the five questions set out in Chapter 1 as informing our approach to this book. Second, we consider some of the issues arising from the need to understand the fundamental changes that characterize tourism. And, third, we identify some of the key challenges that face tourism researchers.
Reflecting on Tourism
In the Introduction, we set out five questions that had informed our approach and which are, to varying degrees, threaded throughout the book. We begin this concluding chapter by reflecting further on these questions.
The first question we posed was: how are tourism structures and flows created? For the early twenty-first century, it is our unavoidable conclusion that most tourism relationships were mediated by ...