Tourism, Recreation and Regional Development

Tourism, Recreation and Regional Development : Perspectives from France and Abroad

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What factors contribute to tourism and recreation development? How can we characterise stakeholder rationales and organisation modes to enhance tourism resources and foster tourism and recreation services? To what extent do tourism and recreation contribute to regional development? What changes are taking place in terms of new destinations, stakeholders, policy objectives? Bringing together scholars from the fields of planning, economics, sociology, management studies and geography, this book examines cross-cutting issues in tourism and recreation with the aim of developing an extended view of leisure time. Focusing mainly on France with comparison to the experience of Northern and Southern European countries and North America, it combines a diverse range of case studies to address issues such as contrasting rural dynamics, changing public policies, sustainable development imperatives, evolving user behaviour and increasingly diverse recreation activities and stakeholder organisation. Specific topics are highlighted, such as the role of social capital or culture as factors of recreation development; resort organisation from international and experience-based perspectives; and the usefulness of the capability approach to evaluate tourism impacts on local development. Emphasising policy recommendations to help public or collective action on the issues and presenting emerging trends in the field, this book should be of interest to students, scholars and stakeholders in tourism/recreation planning and management.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 25.4mm | 658g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472416228
  • 9781472416223
  • 2,664,297

Table of contents

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.
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Review quote

'This book offers a new refreshing view on sustainable regional development by "re-associating" nature-based leisure activities and tourism. The collection of new tools and solutions are characterised by a unique focus on mainly European cases and introduces the reader to the benefits of truly integrative planning across disciplines.' Ulrike Probstl-Haider, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria 'This is an indispensable handbook for anyone concerned with tourism development at regional and national levels. It fully takes into account the non-market historical, geographic, natural, psychological, and other factors driving tourist economies. The case histories detail the ways management differences at the level of the resort, natural attraction, or heritage site are geared to global flows of tourists and capital. It is admirable for its integrated approach, scope and clarity.' Dean MacCannell, University of California, Davis, USA
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About Jean-Christophe Dissart

Jean-Christophe Dissart is on the faculty at Universite Grenoble Alpes, France. Jeoffrey Dehez and Jean-Bernard Marsat are both at IRSTEA, France.
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