Sustainable Tourism in Island Destinations

Sustainable Tourism in Island Destinations

by Sonya Graci, Rachel Dodds


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Many of the world's islands are dependent on tourism as their main source of income. It is therefore imperative that these destinations are managed for long-term viability. The natural appeal of a destination is typically one of its main tourism related assets, yet the natural environment is also the feature most directly threatened by potential overexploitation. Sustainable Tourism in Island Destinations builds on existing literature in the subject by providing innovative discussions and practical management structures through the use of the authors' various island project work. An original feature is the focus on islands which are part of larger nations, rather than just on island sovereign states. Through an illustrated case study approach, the book focuses on the successes and challenges islands face in achieving sustainable tourism. The authors put forward innovative mechanisms such as multi-stakeholder partnerships and incentive-driven non-regulatory approaches as ways that the sustainability agenda can move forward in destinations that face specific challenges due to their geography and historic development. The case studies - from Canada, St Kitts, Honduras, China, Indonesia, Spain, Tanzania and Thailand - provide the foundation which suggests that alternative approaches to tourism development are possible if they retain sustainability as a priority.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844077809
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/28/2010
Series: Tourism, Environment and Development Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sonya Graci is Assistant Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and the Director of Accommodating Green, a consultancy.

Rachel Dodds is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University, and the Director of Sustaining Tourism, a consultancy.

Table of Contents


Special Preamble by Richard W. Butler

Foreword by Ilan Kelman

Authors' Preface

Part I: Sustainability in Island Destinations

1. Tourism, Growth and the Need for Sustainability

2. Setting the Stage

3. Island Tourism

Part II: Challenges to Achieving Sustainability in Island Destinations

4. Challenges to Achieving Sustainable Tourism

5. Lack of Stakeholder Awareness and Education in Sanya, Hainan, China

6. Lack of Consideration for the Local Community in the Cayos Cochinos Islands, Honduras

7. Unsustainable Development in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

8. Lack of Long-term Planning and Copy-Cat Tourism in St. Kitts

Part III: Successes of Achieving Sustainability in Island Destinations

9. Successes in Island Tourism

10. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia: Collaborative Partnerships

11. Calvi , Mallorca, Spain: Implementing a Multi-Stakeholder Policy

12. Chumbe Island, Tanzania: Strong Leadership and Partnership Overcomes Great Obstacles

13. Moose Factory, Ontario, Canada: Putting Community-Based Tourism into Practice

Part IV: Synthesis

14. Innovative Initiatives to Sustainable Tourism Development

15. Conclusion and the Way Forward


Appendix: Resources


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