September 24, 2007

Book Review - Managing Sustainable Tourism

Tourism has grown steadily since the beginning of the 20th century. For many locales, it is the primary means of revenue. What other factors must be considered to maintain or grow the tourism industry?

Managing Sustainable Tourism: A Legacy for the Future
David L. Edgell, Sr.
G 156.5 .E26 E38 2006

The concept of sustainability is entering discussions of natural resources in many areas. No longer limited to areas of consumables such as fossil fuels or water, scholars see sustainability as a framework that can address the preservation and management of all things that humans are unable to recreate, most notably all environmental areas.

It seems natural, then, that any discussion of sustainable tourism would include concerns about development, ecotourism and adventure/discovery tours. However, this study goes beyond those subtopics to address the larger issue of whether the tourism industry itself can last, especially financially. Edgell addresses ways that the tourism industry can adapt to growing needs of consumers, particularly in areas of historical site management and cultural and heritage preservation and exploration. He provides numerous case studies that exemplify successful tourism programs and offers many tips to making existing travel options and experiences more sustainable, both environmentally and economically.