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DescriptionTransformational Tourism deals with the important issue of how travel and tourism can change human behaviour and have a positive impact on the world. The book focuses on human development in a world dominated by post-9/11 security and political challenges, economic and financial collapses, and environmental threats. It identifies various types of tourism that can transform human beings, such as educational, volunteer, survival, community-based, eco, farm, extreme, religious, spiritual, wellness, and mission tourism.
Table of contents
- I: Preface
- PART I: INTRODUCTION
- 1: Hopeful Tourism: a Transformational Perspective
- PART II: TRANSFORMATION AND TOURISM
- 2: Transformation and Transformational Learning Theory
- 3: Connection between Travel, Tourism and Transformation
- 4: Not ‘On Vacation’: Survival Escapist Travel as an Agent of Transformation
- PART III: WELLNESS, RETREAT, RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL TOURISM
- 5: Transforming Quality of Life through Wellness Tourism
- 6: Retreat Tourism as a Form of Transformational Tourism
- 7: Nearer to God – Transformational Experiences of Short-term Mission Travellers
- 8: The Transformative Power of Yoga Tourism
- PART IV: EXTREME SPORTS, BACKPACKING AND CULTURAL TOURISM
- 9: Extreme Sports as Transformational Tourism
- 10: Returning Home: Reflections on Lifestyle Transformation Resulting from International Backpacker Travels
- 11: Finding Themselves in San Blas, Panama
- PART V: WWOOFING AND ECOTOURISM
- 12: WWOOFing Tourists, Beaten Tracks and Transformational Paths
- 13: The Next Stage of Eco-travel: Facilitating Transformation through Personal Ethics
- PART VI: VOLUNTEER AND EDUCATIONAL TOURISM
- 14: Acculturation, Re-entry and Transformation: the Story of a Volunteer Tourist
- 15: Travel for Education: a Force for Peace and Cross-cultural Understanding?
- 16: Doing Good for God’s Sake: the Role of Religion in Altruism. The Case of Volunteer Tourism
- 17: Conclusion
ReadershipThe first book on the market to focus on the emerging topic of transformational tourism, which is of significant current interest.
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Yvette Reisinger is Adjunct Professor of Business at James Cook University in Singapore 574421.
Her research interests include cross-cultural differences in behavior, communication, and socio-cultural impacts of tourism.
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