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Island Tourism

Island Tourism

Sustainable Perspectives
Ecotourism Series

Edited by J Carlsen, Professor, Chair in Tourism, Curtin University of Technology, Australia, R Butler, Professor of International Tourism, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK

March 2011 / Hardback / 264 Pages / 9781845936792 £75.00 / €100.00 / $145.00
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Main Description

Islands are the most vulnerable and fragile of tourism destinations and will experience even more pressure as the combined impacts of economic, social and environmental change accelerate in the future. In order to understand the process of island tourism development, response to change and challenges and their journey to sustainability, this book provides insights and instruction on topics including social, cultural, environmental and economic aspects of island tourism. It contains essential information for policymakers, planners, researchers, managers and operators within the tourism industry.


Undergraduate and postgraduate tourism students, tourism researchers and academics. Also tourism organisations and government tourism agencies.

1 Introducing Sustainable Perspectives of Island Tourism


2 Aliens in an Ancient Landscape: Rabbits, Rats andTourists on Macquarie Island

3 From Sand Mining to Sand Bashing in About 30 Years:a Diffi cult Journey Towards Sustainable Tourism forFraser Island

4 Managing Tourism on Green Island, Great Barrier ReefMarine Park: Conservation, Commerce and Compromises

5 Tourism and Sustainability in the Lakshadweep Islands

6 The Risk of Climate Change for Tourism in the Maldives


7 Host and Guest Perceptions of Tourism Impacts in IslandSettings: a Malaysian Perspective

8 Island Casino Development: an Antithesis ofSocioculturally Sustainable Tourism. The cases ofSt Croix and Christmas Islands

9 Social Sustainability of Tourism in a Culture ofSensuality, Sexual Freedom and Violence:Trinidad and Tobago

10 Sustainable Host–Guest Interactions on Islands:Bruny and Magnetic Islands

11 Sustainable Tourism in High-latitude Islands:Shetland Islands


12 Rejuvenating Paradise: Changing Products, ChangingMarkets and Changing Visitor Behaviour in Mauritius

13 Sustainable Island Tourism: the Case of Okinawa

14 Tourism in Mediterranean Islands: a ComparativeAnalysis

15 Sustainable Tourism Transportation in Hawaii:a Holistic Approach

16 Planning for Sustainable Island Tourism Developmentin the Maldives

17 Conclusions and Implications for Sustainable IslandTourism
"One of the strengths of this book is the diversity and originality of many of the cases… (they) represent an interesting, informative and largely new collection of studies on island tourism." Tourism Recreation Research, Vol. 36(3), 2011

"Well-structured… the authors have picked an interesting perspective on a relevant subject, covered with solid empirical material from an impressive variety of important case studies… specific and solid advice on overcoming challenges." Island Studies Journal, Vol. 7 (1), 2012

“Provides the strongest and most constructive concluding analysis of any of the other books to date on the topic… well researched, argued, and written.” Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 39 (1), 2012

Butler was educated at Nottingham University and the University of Glasgow (PhD Geography 1973), and spent thirty years at the University of Western Ontario in Canada as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Geography, and then the University of Surrey, where he was Professor of Tourism from 1997 to 2005. He is currently Emeritus Professor of International Tourism in the Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has published a large number of journal articles, fourteen books on tourism and many chapters in other books. His fields of interest are the development process of tourist destinations the impacts of tourism, carrying capacity and sustainability, and tourism in remote areas and islands.

Carlsen Jack Carlsen is Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Curtin University, Western Australia and Founder and Co-Director of the Curtin Sustainable Tourism Centre. He has an extensive research track record, which has produced more than 200 scholarly publications on various topics related to tourism planning, markets, development and evaluation. He was leader of the Sustainable Enterprises research program for the Sustainable Tourism Co-operative Research Centre and leader of the Technical Team that developed the Maldives Third Tourism Master Plan 2007-2011. His other books include The Family Business in Tourism and Hospitality (CABI 2004), Global Wine Tourism: Research, Management and Marketing (CABI 2006) and Innovation for Sustainable Tourism (Goodfellows Publishers, in press)