Niche Tourism

1st Edition

Contemporary issues, trends and cases

Editors: Marina Novelli
Paperback ISBN: 9780750661331
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 25th November 2004
Page Count: 288


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Niche Tourism examines one of the fastest growing areas within the tourism sector.

This book provides an integrated picture of speciality/niche tourism as a whole looking at both the 'macro' and 'micro' niche area. It has a comprehensive theoretical framework, and discusses initiatives, policies and strategies adopted internationally. With an emphasis on linking theory to practice, it is underpinned by up-to-date international case studies from around the world.

Divided into 3 parts, it covers a variety of aspects under the headings of special interest tourism, tradition and culture base tourism and activity-based tourism.

Key Features

  • The only book to provide an integrated picture of speciality/niche tourism as a whole
  • Examines one of the fastest growing areas of the tourism sector
  • Looks at a vast array of aspects of tourism from dark tourism, looking at 'ground zero' in the US, gastronomic tourism in the Yarra Valley Australia, to tribal tourism in Africa.


Undergraduate levels 3-4; postgraduate tourism management students; practitioners, consultants and providers (e.g. tourist groups) as a reference guide

Table of Contents

Foreword (Robinson); Niche Tourism: An Introduction (Robinson & Novelli); Part one - Special Interest Tourism; Photographic tourism (Palmer & Lester); Geotourism (Hose); Youth tourism (Richards & Wilson); Dark tourism (Tarlow); Genealogy tourism (Birtwistle); Gastronomic tourism (Hall & Mitchell); Transport tourism (Hall); Part two - Tradition and Culture Based Tourism; Tribal tourism (Burns & Figurova); Cultural heritage tourism (Wickens); Tourism in peripheral regions (Ivona & Grumo); Research tourism (Benson); Part three - Activity Based Tourism; Small ship cruising(Douglas & Douglas); Sport tourism (Ritchie); Wildlife tourism (Novelli & Humavindu); Volunteer tourism (Callanan & Thomas); Adventure tourism (Shephard & Evans); Part four - The Future of Niche Tourism; Space tourism (Duval); Virtual tourism (Arnold); Ethical tourism (Weeden); Niche Tourism: A way forward to sustainability (Novelli & Benson); Index.


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About the Editor

Marina Novelli

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Brighton, UK


"Because of the recent employment of niche tourism as a concept, it is particularly timely that Novelli's collection has been published, giving the reader a strong direction, excellent examples and powerful definitional material with which to grapple." Tourism Management Volume 27, Issue 6 , December 2006, Pages 1426-1427