The new fifth edition of Ecotourism focuses on an array of economic, social and ecological inconsistencies that continue to plague ecotourism in theory and practice, and examines the sector in reference to other related forms of tourism, impacts, conservation, sustainability, education and interpretation, policy and governance, and the ethical imperative of ecotourism as these apply to the world's greenest form of tourism.
Building on the success of prior editions, the text has been revised throughout to incorporate recent research, including ecotourism taking place in under-represented world regions. It includes new case studies on important themes in research and practice as well as learning objectives in each chapter. David Fennell provides an authoritative and comprehensive review of the most important issues, including climate change and UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ecotourism continues to be embraced as the antithesis of mass tourism because of its promise of achieving sustainability through conservation mindedness, community development, education and learning, and the promotion of nature-based activities that are sensitive to both ecological and social systems. The book debates to what extent this promise has been realised.
An essential reference for those interested in ecotourism, the book is accessible to students, but retains the depth required for use by researchers and practitioners in the field. This book will be of interest to students across a range of disciplines including geography, economics, business, ethics, biology, and environmental studies.
David A. Fennell is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. His previous books include Sustainable Tourism: Principles, Contexts and Practices, Tourism and Animal Ethics, Tourism Ethics and Ecotourism Programme Planning. David is also the founding Editor in Chief of the Journal of Ecotourism.
Part I: The essence of ecotourism 1. The nature of ecotourism 2. The ecotourist Part II: Core criteria used to define ecotourism 3 Nature-based 4. Sustainability 1: local participation and benefits 5. Sustainability 2: parks and conservation 6. Learning 7. The moral imperative Part III: Topics and issues important to ecotourism 8. Socio-cultural and ecological impacts of ecotourism 9. Economic impacts and marketing of ecotourism 10. Development, governance and policy 11. Programme planning 12. Conclusion