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Setting an agenda for geotourism

Newsome, D. and Dowling, R.K. (2010) Setting an agenda for geotourism. In: Newsome, D. and Dowling, R.K., (eds.) Geotourism: the tourism of geology and landscape. Goodfellow Publishers Limited, Oxford.


Travel to and appreciation of natural landscapes and geological phenomena continues to grow as a niche area of tourism. Despite economic recessions, political problems, the increasing price of oil and even the risk of natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, people still yearn for new experiences and need to fulfil that deep aspect humanity, which is having a sense of wonder about the planet we live on. It is our belief that geotourism will continue to rise as an important tourism activity as our planet becomes increasingly overcrowded, as wild places continue to be diminished and people strive for sustainable lifestyles and authentic natural experiences.

Geotourism, as a distinct subsector of natural area tourism, has quickly evolved since the rapid expansion of the global geopark movement from 2002 onwards and the publication of Dowling and Newsome (2006). Accordingly, this is the second book that comprehensively explores the nexus between landscape, geological phenomena and tourism. As with its predecessor, in this book various researchers, specialists, practitioners and protected area managers from different countries have been invited to contribute their thoughts and experience of geotourism. This book therefore contains examples of geotourism concepts, development and practice from around the world. These accounts of geotourism provide insight and scope for further discussion as to what geotourism is, how it might be promoted, on how to present geotourism to the visitor, views on the management of geotourism and collectively they build and help to set an agenda for the future.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Goodfellow Publishers Limited
Copyright: © Goodfellow Publishers Limited 2010
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