Contents: Introduction: blending perspectives on tourism and recreation, Jeoffrey Dehez, Jean-Christophe Dissart and Jean-Bernard Marsat. Part I Tourism and Recreation: Here and Not Somewhere Else: Social capital and tourism development in rural areas, Stephanie Truchet and Jean-Marc Callois; What middle way is possible between a tourist site and natural heritage? The case of the Gironde Estuary's islands, Clarisse Cazals and Sandrine Lyser; Culture, a factor for recreation emergence and creativity, Jean Corneloup, Philippe Bourdeau and Pascal Mao; Inter-municipal cooperation and tourism: new local roots, Vincent Vles. Part II At the Heart of Destinations: Users and Stakeholders: Strategic management of tourism destinations within territories: key stakeholders and the example of 'parcs naturels regionaux' (regional natural parks), Jean-Bernard Marsat; Mountain tourism development between the political and administrative context and local governance: a French-Swiss comparison, Christophe Clivaz and Emmanuelle George-Marcelpoil; Nature-based leisure activities put to the environmental test: a pragmatic, sociological approach, Ludovic Ginelli; Consumer co-construction and auto-construction mechanisms in the tourist experience: applications to the resort model at a destination scale, Isabelle Frochot. Part III Tourism and Recreation: Opportunities for Places?: Tourist contribution to the financing of natural areas: the significance of non-economic motivations, Jeoffrey Dehez, Asma Ben Othmen and Tina Rambonilaza; Resorts, hinterlands, and local development, Dominik Cremer-Schulte and Jean-Christophe Dissart; Tourism as a catalyst for development projects, France Loubet and Liliane Perrin-Bensahel; What contribution do environmental amenities make to territorial development?, Amedee Mollard and Dominique Vollet. Part IV Conclusions: North American perspectives on tourism and outdoor recreation, David W. Marcouiller; Perspectives from the United Kingdom and Ireland, Mary Cawley and Gordon Clark; Tourism in Spain: Southern European perspectives, Isabel Cortes Jimenez and Salvador Anton Clave. Index.