Adventure Tourism Management


  • Ralf Buckley, International Centre for Ecotourism Research, Griffith University, Australia

The academic study of the Adventure Tourism is rapidly increasing in popularity, with research beginning to focus on it heavily. This book is a cohesive and comprehensive look at this multi-million dollar industry sector from a variety of perspectives relevant to the teaching of tourism.

Ideal for the undergraduate student taking Adventure Tourism as a single subject degree, or as part of their Tourism Management studies, this book documents, analyses and offers insight into the latest research in the area. Includes analysis of products, trends, climate change, risk management and environmental management and many others.

The Subsectors section within the book offers an overview of the 20 or more definable sectors within the adventure tourism industry considering their origins and history, latest trends and demographic groups. The author then goes on to look in more detail at: Wildlife Tourism, Marine Tourism, Helitourism, and Boardsports.

Each chapter will include seven pedagogical elements:
* Introduction - what the chapter does and doesn't cover
* Plain-language review of the chapter topic with minimal referencing - essentially like lecture notes
* Concluding paragraph to the review section explaining how it leads to the next chapter(s)
* Review of recent research, condensed into tables where possible
* Revision notes - a few pages of bullet points summarising the review and research
* A sample set of assignment questions, 3-6 per chapter in some cases,
* Readings on relevant topics, condensed from previous publications.
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Undergraduate students on Aventure Tourism and Tourism Management courses.


Book information

  • Published: October 2009
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-834-1

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Trends and Patterns
3. Economics
4. Geography
5. Products and Prices
6. Marketing
7. Guiding
8. Communications
9. Experience and Motivations
10. Subsectors
11. Wildlife
12. Marine
13. Helitourism
14. Boardsports
15. Amenity Migration
16. Environmental Management
17. Risk Management
18. Climate Change
19. Conclusions