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Tourism Geography: a New Synthesis (Rev 10 - Old Edition)by Stephe Williams
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Tourism is an intensely geographic phenomenon. It stimulates large-scale, global movement of people and forges distinctive relationships between people and the places they visit. It shapes processes of physical development and resource exploitation, whilst the presence of visitors exerts a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts that often have important implications for local geographies.
This second edition of Tourism Geography develops a critical understanding of how different geographies of tourism are created and maintained. Drawing on both historical and contemporary perspectives, the discussion which is in three main parts connects tourism to key geographical concepts relating to globalization, mobility, new geographies of production and consumption, and post-industrial change. Part one examines how spatial patterns of tourism are formed and evolve through time. Part two offers an extended discussion of how tourism relates to places that are toured, examining physical and economic development, socio-cultural and environmental relations and the role of tourism planning. Part three develops a range of new material for this second edition that considers important contemporary influences upon tourism geographies, including place promotion, new forms of urban tourism, heritage, identity and embodied forms of tourism.
Featuring international case studies and supported by up-to-date statistics, the text offers a concise yet comprehensive review of tourism geography and how geographers can interpret this important contemporary process. Written primarily as a student text, each chapter includes guidance for further study and summary bibliographies that form the basis for independent work.
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The second edition of this guide to the geographic study of tourism has been expanded to include new information on contemporary influences on tourism as well as updated statistics and international case studies. Williams (human geography, Staffordshire U., UK) uses historical and modern perspectives to explore how geographies of tourism are created and maintained, especially in conjunction with globalization, mobility and new patterns of production and consumption. Students and researchers will also benefit from discussions from newer issues in tourism such as urban tourism, place promotion and heritage and identity. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This revised edition reveals how geographical perspectives inform and illuminate the study of tourism. Focus is on production and consumption, globalisation, sustainability and development - the associated economic, socio-cultural and environmental links.
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