Tourism Reassessed: Blight or Blessing


  • Frances Brown, Ex-editor of Tourism Management; Honorary Lecturer, University of Strathclyde

Tourism Reassessed: Blight or blessing? provides a balanced assessment of the effects of tourism on 20th century life and evaluates its significance in international relations.Inspired by Sir George Young's book, Tourism: Blessing or blight?, published 25 years ago, this book places tourism firmly within its wider context.Tourism Reassessed sees tourism as:Ā· A factor of international relationsĀ· A facet of the global economic orderIt takes a new approach by examining the place of tourism in the global political economy, analysing both how far it is shaped by the political-economic system and its own role in shaping that system.Tourism Reassessed is ideal for educators and researchers in tourism and all those studying or interested in the subject. Policy makers in governments and international and national organizations in tourism and related fields will find this essential reading.
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Undergraduate and postgraduate students of tourism; Educators; Researchers in tourism; Policy makers in governments; International and national organizations in tourism and related fields.


Book information

  • Published: February 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-4705-2


'Accessible, informed and interesting approach to complex issues.' Brian Wheeller, Senior Lecturer in Tourism, The University of Birmingham 'Students will find it an extremely useful introduction to many issues, however, without being overwhelmed by long arguments' Alan Machin, Leeds Metropolitan University

Table of Contents

The context - Introduction; Tourism's place within international relations; Tourism and external events- a two way influence; Tourism's institutions - where do they fit in?; The specifics - Environmental impacts; Economic and employment impacts; Social and cultural impacts on hosts and guests; Heritage, the past and authenticity; What is to be done? - Evaluating the evaluators; So why do people travel?; Conclusion; The future.