The threat of tourism's march on popular destinations

Posted on 28 February 2011

'Disappearing Destinations' by Dr Andrew Jones

Composed of over 2,900 individual reefs, 900 islands and stretching for over 2,600 kilometres, the Great Barrier Reef region generates over $4 billion annually from its thriving tourism industry. Yet despite the obvious benefits which tourism brings to the economy of this picturesque region, a new book highlights the untold threats posed to this destination, and others coastal regions like it, by tourism.

Disappearing Destinations, co-authored by Dr Andrew Jones of the University of Wales, discusses how fragile destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef could become severely damaged and forced to close to tourists if current tourism trends continue.

The book explores tourism in the context of climate change and vulnerable environments, exploring the situation at local level and in a wider perspective using international case studies throughout and providing future recommendations.

The text can be divided into two key parts: The first part explores the theoretical and contextual frameworks of climate change processes and their general relationship with coastal tourism destinations. The second part draws upon a range of international case studies. These illustrate contemporary issues in the development of coastal tourism destinations, perceived impacts and assessments of practical solutions. The case studies based on specific coastal tourism typologies are drawn from key regions of the world including the Americas, Europe, Australasia and Asia.

Speaking of the publication of his new book, Andrew said;

“I am really pleased with the outcome, and especially, the broad range of contributions made from academics, practitioners and professionals from around the world. I hope it will become an authoritative text for students, professionals and academics, alike, and provide a key text for researchers in the field.”

Andrew joined the new Faculty at the University of Wales within the school of Business and Law in October 2010.


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