Resort Destinations

Evolution, Management and Development


  • Bruce Prideaux, Professor of Tourism Management and Marketing, James Cook University, Australia

Destination management and resort development and planning are strong core areas in the final year of most undergraduate degrees and a popular area of study at postgraduate level.

Using original case studies based on the author's own research, Resort Destinations: evolution, management and development uses examples from Australia's Gold Coast, Britain's Brighton, USA's Las Vegas, as well as Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
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Primary: Final year undergraduate and postgraduate students of tourism/geography/social study-related courses. (HESA statistics for 1999 calculated a total of 18,928 students on such degree courses.) Also undergraduate and postgraduate students on commercial recreation programmes (US mainly).


Book information

  • Published: April 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5753-2

Table of Contents

The resort destination setting - The historical setting; Definitions: exploring the literature; Geographical context; Economic perspectives; The human element; Resort destination dynamics - Planning issues; Sustainability; Resort destination marketing; Management; Infrastructure issues; Examples of resort destination types - Resort destination development in developing nations; Mountain resort destinations; Resort destinations in isolated locations; City resort destinations; Island resort destinations; The future of resort destinations - Threats; The future of resort destinations.