Sustainable tourism development: Towards resilience in tourism

Joseph M. Cheer, Alan A. Lew

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    In this paper, we offer a concise appraisal of the
    sustainable tourism discourse and pave the way for
    resilience thinking in tourism. The study of tourism is
    inherently multi-disciplinary, covering traditional disciplines
    such as geography (physical and human), economics,
    anthropology, politics, environmental science and a wider
    range of sub-disciplines including cultural studies, regional
    and international development, mobilities, hospitality
    management, community development and poverty
    alleviation, among others. The area known in academic
    circles as Tourism Geography is especially pertinent
    to the study of tourism given the focus on people and
    place, and time and space and the many variables that
    inhabit the so-called “tourism system”. For students of
    Geography at secondary school level, the study of tourism
    enables the integration of a wide range of geographical
    knowledge and concepts, and the various geographies
    encompassed in both human and physical geography. For
    many students, international exchanges and fieldtrips, as
    well as personal travel, allow the opportunity to practise
    Tourism Geography through real world experiences.
    Consequently, students will relate very closely to the
    study of tourism in Geography. Importantly, one of the key
    aims in examining tourism within the study of Geography
    is to develop critical perspectives that look beyond the
    superficial demonstration of tourism as embodied in luxury hotels, airlines and tourist enclaves, and to more nuanced
    and sophisticated demonstrations of Geography at work
    through tourism
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10-15
    Number of pages6
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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