Nature bites back

Impacts of the environment on tourism

Authored by: Carl Cater

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and the Environment

Print publication date:  July  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415582070
eBook ISBN: 9780203121108
Adobe ISBN: 9781136325564


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As this volume has shown, the natural environment is a fundamental resource for tourism, and is often threatened by this activity from over- or inappropriate use. Furthermore, the relationship between tourism and the environment is complex and often confusing. This interaction may be described as a metaproblem (Hall 2008), in which these relationships are inherently messy. The sheer diversity of stakeholders; the deep cultural influences on tourism and our understanding of what constitutes nature (covered in Part 1); and the complexity of the environment itself, all contribute towards this mess. It is hoped that this collection contributes towards some understanding of the interaction of these myriad factors.

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