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Geotourism’s issues and challenges

Dowling, R.K. and Newsome, D. (2006) Geotourism’s issues and challenges. In: Dowling, R.K. and Newsome, D., (eds.) Geotourism. Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, pp. 242-254.

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Tourism has increased by more than 100 per cent between 1990 and 2000 in the world’s ‘hotspots’ – regions richest in species and facing extreme threats – according to a biodiversity report released by Conservation International (CI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Tourism and Biodiversity: Mapping Tourism’s Global Footprint is the most comprehensive study of its kind focusing on the impacts of tourism on biological diversity (Christ et al., 2003). Biodiversity hotspots have seen tourism increase by over 100 per cent between 1990 and 2000. In particular, in certain areas the growth has been staggering. Over the past decade, tourism has increased by more than 2000 per cent in both Laos and Cambodia, nearly 500 per cent in South Africa, over 300 per cent in the countries of Brazil, Nicaragua and El Salvador, and 128 per cent in the Dominican Republic.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann
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