Sustainable Tourism

1st Edition

Authors: David Weaver
Paperback ISBN: 9780750664387
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 30th August 2005
Page Count: 352


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Sustainable Tourism comprehensively examines the theoretical and applied dimensions of contemporary sustainable tourism from a global perspective. Using international case studies and examples, it provides cutting edge coverage of the latest developments in the area, both theoretically and practically. It takes the reader through all aspects of sustainable tourism from the emergence of the paradigm to sustainability issues in all types of tourism and all components of the industry.

Divided into 11 chapters it covers* ?Alternative tourism? (AT), or small-scale tourism and its associated pros and cons

  • Sustainable tourism within the conventional ?mass? tourism sector: the ?green consumer?, transportation, accommodation, attractions and tour operator considering issues and developments in quality control
  • Destination sustainability: issues of community empowerment and ideal sustainability models
  • Conclusions for the future of sustainable tourism

The wide variety of international case studies used include: backpacking in Australia and Spain, Volunteer tourism in the US, Six Continents and Marriott hotels, Disney World, the Grand Prix, the Grand Canyon, mountain gorilla parks in Uganda and many more.

Specifically written for courses in the specific topic area of sustainable tourism, this textbook considers the needs of both students and lecturers as follows:

  • Ideal for a semester course (or a 42-hour course)
  • Global perspective throughout the chapters and in the breadth of illustrative boxed case studies;
  • Chapters exceptionally well-integrated through frequent cross-references
  • End-of-chapter questions that prompt deeper integrative thinking on the part of the reader.
  • Online resources for the lecturer, including PowerPoint presentations and multi

Key Features

  • Global perspective throughout the chapters and includes industry as well as destinations on both a small and large scale dimension
  • Discusses sustainability issues in both alternative and mass tourism and associated strengths and weaknesses of each
  • User-friendly text ideal for a semester module and packed with learning tools for the student


Primary: undergraduate courses in sustainable tourism management, both as specific Sustainable Tourism degrees and associated courses as part of tourism management degrees. Most likely to be used at level 2.

Secondary: libraries and practitioners, including destination managers at all levels (i.e. municipal, provincial, national), tourism-related NGOs and private businesses.

Table of Contents

Preface; Emergence of Sustainable Tourism: Status of global tourism in 2005; Pattern of geographic expansion; Jafari’s platform model; Advocacy platform; Cautionary platform; Adaptancy platform; Knowledge-based platform; Institutionalisation of sustainable tourism; External (non-tourism) institutions; Tourism-related institutions; On the ground: the development of tourism in the Bahamas; Issues in Sustainable Tourism: Flexibility; Weak and strong interpretations; Status quo or enhancement?; Complexity of tourism systems; Minimalist and comprehensive composite models; Sustainable tourism indicators; Bellagio Principles; Pursuing sustainable tourism; On the ground: piloting sustainable tourism indicators in China; Alternative Tourism: History of alternative tourism; Typology of alternative tourism products; Mass conventional and alternative tourism ideal types; Deliberate and circumstantial alternative tourism; Farm-based tourism; Volunteer tourism; Guesthouse tourism; Backpacking; Urban alternative tourism; Education tourism; Potential problems; On the ground: sharing African American heritage in Washington DC; Conventional Mass Tourism: Structure of the formal tourism industry; Ethics; In situ nature of tourism consumption; Emergence of the ‘green consumer’; Advantages of large economies of scale; On the ground: advocating for sustainable travel at Tourism Concern; The Facilitating Sectors: Travel agencies; Specialised merchandise: guidebooks; Outbound tour operators; Transportation providers; Hospitality providers; On the ground: Implementing sustainability at Grecotel; Attractions: Role of attractions; Theme parks; Casinos; Ski resorts; Golf courses; On the ground: Disney defeated at the third battle of Manassas, Virginia; Quality Control: Quality control; Codes of conduct; Ecolabels; Awards; On the ground: toward sustainable tourism certification in Costa Rica; Tourist Destinations: Destination and place; Destination and community; Broad context mode


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About the Author

David Weaver

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Tourism Management, School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, University of South Carolina, South Carolina, U.S.A.


This is an excellent book. it will likely become a standard teaching text throughout the Anglophone world. Published by Elsevier, it is assured wide distribution.-Ralf C. Buckley, Griffith University, Australia