The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism

The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism

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The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge overview of the philosophical, conceptual and managerial issues in the field of health tourism with contributions from more than 30 expert academics and practitioners from around the world. Terms that are used frequently when defining health tourism, such as wellbeing, wellness, holistic, medical and spiritual, are analysed and explored, as is the role that health and health tourism play in quality-of-life enhancement, wellbeing, life satisfaction and happiness. An overview is provided of health tourism facilities such as thermal waters, spas, retreats and wellness hotels and the various challenges inherent in managing these profitably and sustainably. Typologies are given not only of subsectors of health tourism and related activities but also of destinations, such as natural landscapes, historic townscapes or individual resources or attractions around which whole infrastructures have been developed. Attention is paid to some of the lifestyle changes that are taking place in societies which influence consumer behaviour, motivations and demand for health tourism, including government policies, regulations and ethical considerations. This significant volume offers the reader a comprehensive synthesis of this field, conveying the latest thinking and research. The text is international in focus, encouraging dialogue across disciplinary boundaries and areas of study and will be an invaluable resource for all those with an interest in health more

Product details

  • Hardback | 490 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 33.02mm | 997.9g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 45 black & white illustrations, 46 black & white tables, 19 black & white halftones, 26 black & white line drawings
  • 1138909831
  • 9781138909830

About Melanie Smith

Melanie Kay Smith is Associate Professor at Budapest Metropolitan University in the School of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality. She is the co-author of the book Health, Tourism and Hospitality: Spas, Wellness and Medical Travel with Dr Laszlo Puczko (Routledge, 2013). She has worked for over ten years on health tourism, including research, lecturing and the publication of several journal articles and book chapters. She has been an invited keynote speaker at many international conferences, and has undertaken health tourism consultancy work in a range of countries. Laszlo Puczko is the Director of Industry Intelligence at Resources for Leisure Assets and the Head of Tourism and Leisure Knowledge Centre at the Budapest Metropolitan University (Hungary). He has been working as a travel and tourism consultant in the health, wellness, medical services and spa arenas for over 20 years and he founded The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa in 2012. Laszlo is an internationally known and acknowledged expert and lectures at various international professional and academic conferences and more

Table of contents

Contents List of figures List of tables Contributors Foreword 1. Introduction Section One: History and Trends 2. History of Spa Tourism: Spirituality, Rejuvenation and Socialisation Warwick Frost and Jennifer Laing 3. An Overview of Lifestyle Trends and their Impacts on Health Tourism Melanie Kay Smith 4. Leading Taste: The Influence of Trendsetters on Health Tourism Jennifer Laing and Warwick Frost Section Two: Happiness, Wellbeing and Quality of Life 5. Between Tourists: Tourism and Happiness Ondrej Mitas, Jeroen Nawijn and Barbara Jongsma 6. The Impact of Tourist Activities on Tourists' Subjective Wellbeing Muzaffer Uysal, M. Joseph Sirgy, Eunju Woo and Hyelin (Lina) Kim 7. Finding Flow during a Vacation: Using Optimal Experiences to Improve Health John K. Coffey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Section Three: Health, Tourism and Society 8. Healthy Tourism Robyn Bushell 9. Social Tourism and Health Scott McCabe and Anya Diekmann 10. A Life-Course Analysis of Older Tourists and their Changing Patterns of Holiday Behavior Gareth Shaw, Isabelle Cloquet, Paul Cleave, Andrzej Tucki, Maria Joao F. Custodio, and Alessandra Theuma Section Four: Holistic Wellbeing 11. The Psychology of Spa: the Science of 'Holistic' Wellbeing Jeremy McCarthy 12. Journeys of the Self: The Need to Retreat Catherine Kelly and Melanie Kay Smith 13. Community as Holistic Healer on Health Holiday Retreats: The Case of Skyros Dina Glouberman and Josee Cloutier 14. Yoga, Transformation and Tourism Melanie Kay Smith and Ivett Sziva Section Five: Medical Tourism: Ethics, Regulation and Policy 15. The Ethics of Medical Travel David Reisman 16. The Environmental Externalities of Medical and Health Tourism: Implications for Global Public Health Colin Michael Hall 17. Legal and Ethical Issues of Cross-Border Reproductive Care from an EU Perspective Markus Frischhut 18. The Need to Professionalize Estheticians Kathryn Gallagher and Marion Joppe Section Six: Medical Tourism: Products and Services 19. Choosing the Good Hospital: Helping Medical Tourists Make Informed Decisions Sharon Kleefield 20. Medical Hotels - an Approach to Sustainable Health in the Leisure Industry Kai Illing 21. A Disney Strategic Approach to Patient/Guest Services in Hospitality Bridging Healthcare (H2H) and Medical Tourism and Wellness Frederick J. DeMicco 22. Balneology and Health Tourism Melanie Kay Smith and Laszlo Puczko Section Seven: Health Destination Development and Management 23. Enhancing the Competitiveness of a Wellness Tourism Destination by Coordinating the Multiple Actor Collaboration Telle Tuominen, Susanna Saari and Daniel Binder 24. Cross-Border Health Tourism Collaborations: Opportunities and Challenges Henna Konu and Melanie Smith 25. Destination and Product Development Rested on Evidence-based Health Tourism Georg Christian Steckenbauer, Stephanie Tischler, Arnulf Hartl and Christina Pichler 26. Developing a Wellness Destination: A Case Study of the Peak District Sarah Rawlinson and Peter Wiltshier Section Eight: Therapeutic and Healing Landscapes 27. 'Places of Power': Can individual 'sacred space' help regain orientation in a confusing world Harald A. Friedl 28. Rhythmic revitalisations: Attuning to nature for health and wellbeing Edward H. Huijbens 29. Relationships between emotion regulation seeking, program satisfaction, attention restoration, and life satisfaction: Healing program participants Timothy J. Lee and Jinok Susanna Kim 30. Health Tourism and Health Promotion at the Coast Peter Kruizinga Section Nine: Nature, Health and Tourism 31. Rural Wellbeing Tourism Destinations - Demand Side Viewpoint Juho Pesonen and Anja Tuohino 32. Protected natural areas as innovative health tourism destinations Sonia Ferrari and Monica Gilli 33. Understanding the Links Between Wellness and Indigenous Tourism in Western Canada: Critical Sites of Cultural Exchange John Hull and Courtney Mason 34. Conclusionshow more