Tourism, development, and sustainability

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This chapter approaches sustainable tourism by first conceptualizing tourism as a form of development that depends on conservation of the resources that attract tourists. With this lens, sustainability becomes a top priority as tourism destinations attempt to maintain and enhance their attractiveness to tourists. Concurrently, tourism is an economic activity and is a driver of and is driven by global capitalism. As such, there exists a tension between tourism and sustainability. That tension is explored in this chapter through the question: What is to be sustained The answer to this question is explored in the context of socio-ecological systems and ideas of resilience. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how re-framing sustainable tourism could be implemented through a set of tools.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReframing Sustainable Tourism
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789401772099
ISBN (Print)9789401772082
StatePublished - Aug 19 2015


  • Capitalism
  • Resilience
  • Socio-ecological systems
  • Sustainable development
  • Tourism


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