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Disappearing Destinations:

Disappearing Destinations:

Climate Change and Future Challenges for Coastal Tourism

Edited by A Jones, University of Wales, Cardiff, M Phillips, Swansea Metropolitan University, Wales

December 2010 / Hardback / 296 Pages / 9781845935481 £70.00 / €90.00 / $135.00
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Providing a thorough examination of the threats posed to destinations by tourism, this comprehensive text discusses how popular and fragile destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef could become severely damaged and forced to close to tourists if current tourism trends continue. The consequences of tourism growth, predicted changes, and management and policy responses are reviewed. The book will explore tourism in the context of climate change and vulnerable environments, exploring the situation at local level and in a wider perspective using international case studies throughout and providing future recommendations. It will be an essential text for researchers, policymakers and students in tourism, ecotourism, environmental conservation, planning, coastal management and engineering, climate change and marine conservation.


Researchers and students in conservation, ecotourism, climate change and related subjects.

1. Introduction - Disappearing Destinations: Current issues Challenges and Polemics.

2. Climate Change and its Impacts on Tourism: Regional Assessments, Knowledge Gaps and Issues.

3. Managing the Coastal Zone.

4. Definitions and Typologies of Coastal Tourism Beach Destinations.

5. Climate Change: Risk Management Issues and Challenges.

6. Climate change and the Law.

7. Climate Change, Tourism and the Media: Developing a Research Agenda.

8. Climate Change and the Mediterranean Southern Coasts.

9. Climate Change and Coastal Tourism in the Azores Archipelago.

10. Climate Change and Coastal Tourism in Ireland.

11. Climate Change - Coral Reefs and Dive Tourism in Southeast Asia.

12. Tourism and Climate Impact on North American Eastern Seaboard.

13. Would you like Ice with that? Antarctic Tourism and Climate Change.

14. UK Coastal Tourism Destinations: Assessment of Perceived Climate Impacts: Issues for Destination management, Local Governance and Public Policy Making.

15. Grand Isle, Louisiana: A Historic U.S. Gulf Coast Resort Adapts to Hurricanes, Subsidence, and Sea Level Rise.

16. Impact of Climate Change on Island tourism - The Balearic Islands: Impacts, Vulnerability and Critical Management issues.

17. The impact of climate change on reef-based tourism in Cairns, Australia - adaptation and response strategies for a highly vulnerable destination.

18. Disappearing Destinations: Recognizing Problems - Meeting Expectations - Delivering Solutions.
"The case studies are more resourceful and enjoyable… an exciting variety." Island Studies Journal, Vol. 7 (1), 2012

Jones Dr Andrew Jones is a Senior Lecturer at Swansea Business School Swansea Metropolitan University of & a Co-Director of CELTaS (Centre for Leisure and Tourism Research @ Swansea). He has professional experience in planning at both international, regional and local levels and has been an active member of the Royal Town Planning Institute- RTPI. Andrew has been an active practitioner, researcher and teacher in planning, conservation, regeneration and tourism planning since 1981. In his present post he is the Director for both postgraduate and undergraduate tourism programmes with subject specialisms in; Town and Country Planning; Cultural Regeneration; Tourism Development and Environmental Policy. He completed his PhD on research investigating the relationship and tensions between regeneration, the environment and sustainable tourism. His current research activities have consolidated this broad approach with a specific interest in two particular research areas. The first consolidates work over the last decade on waterfronts and coastal zone management, tourism and regeneration and the second, a more recent interest in the development of tourism micro markets (focussing on cultural/rural community regeneration) These areas of research have enabled him to participate in a broad range of research networks and to get actively involved in his specific research community. With respect to this Andrew has carried out numerous consultancy projects relating to tourism & leisure and has published a number of industry and academic articles, reports and conference papers. In recognition of his research to the Industry he has been invited to international conferences in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia and is currently editing two books.

Phillips Professor Michael Phillips has a BSc in Civil Engineering, an MSc in Environmental Conservation Management and a PhD in Coastal Processes and Geomorphology. He is a member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, where he is vice-chairman of the Coastal and Marine Working Group. Professor Phillips is Head of School of Built and Natural Environment at Swansea Metropolitan University and his research interests include coastal processes, morphological change and adaptation to climate change and sea level rise. He has been an invited speaker and presenter at many major international conferences and advisor and evaluator for various international coastal research projects. Consultancy includes beach replenishment issues and developing techniques to monitor underwater sediment movement to inform beach management. He is widely published and a member of the Climate Change Working Group of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, amongst others.