1st Edition

Sustainability, impacts and management

Editors: Ross Dowling
Authors: David Newsome
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750662154
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 2nd August 2005
Page Count: 352


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Geotourism is tourism surroounding geological attractions and destinations. This unique text uses a wealth of case studies to discuss the issues involved in the management and care of such attractions, covering topics such as sustainability, impacts and environmental issues.

Geotourism: Sustainability, impacts and management leads the reader logically through the process, covering both the theories involved and the practicalities of managing such 'environmentally precious' attractions.

Key Features

  • Looks at the challenges of management strategies and frameworks to address the provision of sustainability in areas of geological attractions, offering practical solutions.
  • Uses in-depth examples and global case studies from the UK, Australia, Africa, New Zealand and the US (amongst others) to examine from international, national and local perspectives.
  • Considers future directions and challenges.


Undergraduate levels 3-4; postgraduate students on tourism degrees and masters courses; libraries, practitioners and consultants.

Table of Contents

Contributors. Editors. Preface. Acknowledgements. The Scope and Nature of Geotourism, David Newsome & Ross Dowling. Part 1 – The Resources for Geotourism; Geotourism in Malaysian Borneo, Felix Tongkul. Geotourism in Potential of Southern Africa, Wolf Uwe Reimold, Gavin Whitefield & Thomas Wallmach. Geotourism in Australia, Jane James, Ian Clark & Patrick James. Geotourism in Resources of Iran, Alireza Amrikazemi & Abbas Mehrpooya. Part 2 – Geoparks; Geoparks: A Regional, European and Global Policy, Marie-Luise Frey, Klaus Schafer, Georg Buchel & Margarete Patzak. Geotourism: A Perspective from South-West Germany, Christof Pforr & Andreas Megerle. Geological Heritage in China, Jiang Jianjun, Zhao Xum & Chen Youfang. Part 3 – Geotourism in Action; Geotourism: A Perspective from the USA, Alexander Gates. Geotourism in Ireland and Britain, Patrick McKeever, Jonathan Larwood & Alan McKirdy. Geotourism in Spain: Resources and Environmental Management, Jose Calaforra & Angel Fernandez-Cortes. Geotourism and Interpretation, Thomas Hose. Geotourism’s Issues and Challenges, David Newsome & Ross Dowling. Appendix 1.


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About the Editor

Ross Dowling

Affiliations and Expertise

Foundation Professor of Tourism and Head of the School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure, Edith Cowan University, Australia

About the Author

David Newsome

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer and teacher of nature-based tourism, School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Australia.


"Dowling and Newsome have produced a basis for discussion and research, one which can probably be utilized by all the intended audience: academics, students, planners, industry and the likes." -Patrick T. Maher, Tourism Management, 2006