2nd Edition

Impacts, Potentials and Possibilities

Authors: Stephen Wearing John Neil
Paperback ISBN: 9780750662499
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 27th February 2009
Page Count: 304


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Ecotourism: Impacts, Potentials and Possibilities analyses the impacts of mainstream tourism in first, second and third world countries, and argues the benefits of adopting the philosophical approaches of ecotourism to create a more sustainable tourism industry in every country around the world.

Conservation and ecotourism issues are now at the forefront of public opinion. The decline of natural rainforests, loss of endangered species, global warming and land degradation have galvanised public support for conservation. Building on the success of the first edition, this text has been fully revised and updated to include:
Updated and new international case studies
A new chapter devoted to the theory and technique of Rapid Rural Appraisal (the practice whereby communities are empowered to improve their own environment)
Questions and further readings at the end of each chapter to facilitate student's learning
Critical analysis of ecotourism. Explores the movement of ideas around post-modern approaches to the field

Using relevant case studies, Ecotourism examines the potential positive social and environmental benefits of Ecotourism and is ideal for both students of tourism and practitioners within the tourism industry.'Ecotourism' will also be of interest to environmental groups, land managers, academics and planners.

Key Features

  • Introduces students to key concepts and principles that govern ecotourism and applies them to environmental and resource issues
  • Shows how issues surrounding ecotourism relate to environmental and resource problems at local, regional, national, and global level
  • Provides a resource for ecotourism guides, managers and operators and explores a range of international case studies that outline best practice in the industry from Antartica, Australia, America and Europe


Primary: As an introductory text for undergraduate students on specific degrees in this area (a growing number) and those on tourism degrees who are taking selected courses in this area (ecotourism, sustainable tourism, environmental issues etc). Secondary: Professionals and practitioners in industry (e.g. those working in national parks, guiding etc) and libraries (faculty, site and departmental within universities and colleges and special libraries within industry).

Table of Contents

Departure — Surveying the Ground; If Ecotourism is not just an Activity but a Philosophy, which Philosophy?; Tourism Development: Government, Industry, Policy and Planning; Ecotourism and Protected Areas: Visitor Management for Sustainability; The role of interpretation in achieving a sustainable future; Linking Conservation and Communities: Community Benefits and Social Costs; Ecotourism Case Studies; Marketing Ecotourism: Meeting and Shaping Expectations and Demands; Could the ‘Real’ Ecotourist Please Stand Up!; Ecotourism: a Model for Sustainable Development?


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About the Author

Stephen Wearing

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Leisure and Tourism, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

John Neil

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Officer, School of Leisure and Tourism Studies, UTS Kuring-gai, Sydney, Australia