Tourism and the Less Developed World

Issues and Case Studies

May 2004
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    24th May 2004
  • ISBN 9780851998305
  • Language English
  • Pages 288 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.25"
October 2001
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  • Published
    11th October 2001
  • ISBN 9780851994338
  • Language English
  • Pages 288 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.25"

Many less developed countries are expanding their tourism industries and these are seen to be crucial to their economic development. Yet such activities can also create social, cultural and environmental problems. This book provides a review of many of the key issues involved in tourism in developing countries and presents a range of case studies. These are interpreted from a perspective of the sociology and anthropology of development. Case study chapters are presented from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and Oceania. The book provides essential reading for advanced students and researchers in tourism and development studies.

Part One: General Themes Less Developed Countries and Tourism: The Overall Pattern
* Tourism and Less Developed Countries: Key Issues
* Tourism Challenges in Developing Nations: Continuity and Change at the Millennium

Part Two: Tourism in Specific Regions
* Human Resources in Tourism Development: African Perspectives
* Tourism in the Southern Common Market: MERCOSUL
* Tourism and Development in Communist and Post-communist Societies
* Tourism Development in China: The Dilemma of Bureaucratic Decentralization and Economic Liberalisation
* Japan and Tourism in the Pacific Rim: Locating a Sphere of Influence in the Global Economy
* Indian Tourism: Policy, Performance and Pitfalls
* The Journey: An Overview of Travel and Tourism in the Arab Islamic Context

Part Three: Selected Case Studies Mass Tourism and Alternative Tourism in the Caribbean
* Resort based Tourism on the Pleasure Periphery
* Child Sex Tourism in Thailand
* Community-based Ecotourism, Social Exclusion and the Changing Political Economy of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
* Wallace's Line: Implications for Conservation and Ecotourism in Indonesia
* Ecotourism Development in the Rural Highlands in Fiji

Part Four: In Conclusion
* Afterword

David Harrison

David Harrison has been Professor of Tourism at Middlesex University since 2014. Before then, he was Professor of Tourism at the University of the South Pacific (1996-1998 and 2008 to 2014) and similarly at London Metropolitan University (1998-2008). Since 1987, his research has concentrated on tourism in deveioping societies. He is author of The Sociology of Modernisation and Development, (Routledge, 1988), and editor of numerous texts on tourism, including: Tourism and the Less Developed Countries, (Belhaven,1992). Pacific Island Tourism (Cognizant 2003), The Politics of World Heritage (with Michael Hitchcock, Channel View, 2005), Tourism and the Less Developed World, (CABI, 2001). More recently, he has edited Tourism in Pacific Islands (with Stephen Pratt, Routledge, 2015) and, with Richard Sharpley, Mass Tourism in a Small World (CABI, 2017).