Tourism is an astonishingly complex phenomenon that is becoming an ever-greater part of life in today’s global world. This clear and engaging text introduces students to this vast and diverse subject through the lens of geography, the only field with the breadth to consider all of the aspects, activities, and perspectives that constitute tourism.
PART I: THE GEOGRAPHY OF TOURISM
1 Geography and Tourism
2 Basic Concepts in Tourism
3 Overview of Tourism Products
PART II: THE GEOGRAPHIC FOUNDATION OF TOURISM
4 The Historical Geography of Tourism
5 The Transport Geography of Tourism
6 The Physical Geography of Tourism
7 The Human Geography of Tourism
PART III: THE GEOGRAPHY OF TOURISM EFFECTS
8 The Economic Geography of Tourism
9 The Social Geography of Tourism
10 The Environmental Geography of Tourism
11 Sustainable Tourism Development
PART IV: TOURISM AND PLACE
12 Tourism and Representations of Place
13 Tourism, Representations of Place, and Social Media
14 Experiences of Place in Tourism
Tourism is a pure expression of geography, and geography is the heart of tourism. This book clarifies these relationships extremely well and provides one of the most comprehensive and best-written analyses of the subject I have ever read. I applaud Professor Nelson for making such a complex relationship enjoyable to read and accessible to everyone. This gem belongs on the desk of every serious student and scholar of tourism!
An authoritative introduction to the multifaceted field of tourism. Velvet Nelson’s systematic overview of concepts and theories used within tourism, bolstered by absorbing case studies, supports student learning about an exciting and timely phenomenon that influences communities and individuals all over the world. By approaching tourism from a geographical perspective, Velvet Nelson bridges the divide between tourism and geography, illuminating tourism as an inherently spatial process.
This volume constitutes an excellent resource for any student wishing to study and understand tourism from a geographer’s perspective. In a comprehensive compilation covering four main themes and offering plenty of illustrative examples, Velvet Nelson competently weaves a rich array of geographic perspectives and concepts into an explanation of the workings of global tourism. With plenty of case study descriptions, clearly highlighted in boxes, this textbook is a great resource for introductory courses in the field. The fact that after a decade there is now an even better third edition of this book speaks volumes about its long success as an effective teaching tool.
-The thematic approach, geographic orientation, and engaging writing set it above the competition
-Includes trending issues that appeal to students, such as overtourism, sex tourism, dark tourism, wellness tourism, and tourism in the time of Covid
-Case-study boxes with discussion topics and website suggestions
-End-of-chapter key terms
-Bolded in-text terms with glossary definitions