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Tourism and Sustainability : Development, Globalisation and New Tourism in the Third World (Revised)
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In a report published by Oxfam in January 2014 it was noted that the World’s richest 85 people have as much wealth as the poorest 50% of the World’s population. A year later that figure had been updated to just 80 people. It is a global unevenness through which the barriers to in-migration of Third World migrants to wealthy first world nations go ever higher, whilst the barriers to travel in the reverse direction are all but extinct.
So how exactly does tourism contribute to narrowing this glaring inequality and gap between the rich and the poor? Are ever expanding tourism markets – and the new, responsible, forms of tourism in particular – a smoke free, socio-culturally sensitive form of human industrialisation? Is alternative tourism really a credible lever for lifting poverty stricken countries out of the mire of global inequality, setting them on the right track to ‘development’, and eliminating poverty?
Tourism and Sustainability critically explores and challenges what have emerged as the most significant universal geopolitical norms of the last half century – development, globalisation and sustainability – and through the lens of new forms of tourism demonstrates how we can better understand and get to grips with the rapidly changing new global order. The fourth edition has been extensively revised and updated, and benefits from the addition of a new chapter on Climate Change and Tourism.
Drawing on a range of examples from across the Third World,Mowforth and Munt expertly illustrate the social, economic and environmental conditions that continue to affect the tourism industry. With the first edition hailed by Geoffrey Wall as ‘one of the most significant books produced on tourism [since the turn of the millennium]’,Tourism and Sustainability remains the essential resource for students of Human Geography, Tourism, Environmental Sciences, Politics, Development Studies, Anthropology, and International Business Studies.