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Tourism and sustainability: development, globalization and new tourism in the Third World

Tourism and sustainability: development, globalization and new tourism in the Third World

Mowforth, Martin, author; Munt, Ian, author

The authors challenge the notion of sustainability and its relationship to contemporary tourism in the developing world, then discuss alternative channels of tourism development and the impact of tourism policies at local, national, and global level

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Fourth edition.
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Published London: Routledge, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Martin Mowforth and Ian Munt
ISBN: 1138013269, 1315795345, 9781138013261, 9781315795348
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Previous edition: 2009.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xx, 455 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 25 cm
Subject: Ecotourism.; Sustainable development Developing countries.; Travel and Tourism.; Tourism Environmental aspects Developing countries.


  1. Introduction Part 1
  2. Globalisation, Sustainability, Development
  3. Power and Tourism
  4. Tourism and Sustainability
  5. Part 2: The Actors
  6. A New Class of Tourist: trendies on the trail
  7. Socio-Environmental Organisations: where shall we save next?
  8. The Industry: lies, damned lies and sustainability
  9. 'Hosts' and Destinations: for what we are about to receive..
  10. Governance, Governments and Tourism: selling the Third World
  11. Part 3: New Issues
  12. Climate Change, Carbon Accounting and New Tourism
  13. New Tourism and the Poor
  14. New Tourism in Cities: guess who's coming to town?
  15. Conclusion

Author note

Martin Mowforthis a freelance researcher specialising in issues of environment, development, sustainability and human rights in the region of Central America. He is also a part-time associate lecturer in human geography at Plymouth University, UK.

Ian Muntis a freelance human settlements specialist and has worked on projects with UN agencies, bilateral donors and non-governmental organisations in Central America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe.


Comments on the fourth edition:

"This book meets the continuing need for a clear-eyed, critical look at the global tourism industry and its sometimes uncomfortable relationship with ongoing problems of uneven development and inequality, especially in the less developed world. Mowforth and Munt write incisively of complex matters, yet their work has a real humanity at its core. This new edition will be a key resource for another generation of students and researchers."

Dr Mark Hampton, Reader in Tourism Management, University of Kent

Commonly associated with lightness and frivolity, with sand beaches and holidays, the authors fully succeed in their goal of repositioning tourism as a serious and important discipline within political science and development. In this fourth edition Mowforth and Munt masterfully accomplish what seemed impossible: they deepen further the enquiry, updating throughout with new events and case studies, and adding three new chapters bridging the links between tourism and poverty, human security, migration, terrorism and urbanisation. Never before has an analysis been so far-reaching, so present-to-day, so perceptive. An essential volume for students and academics across a wide range of disciplines and for all those interested in understanding our contemporary world through the powerful lens that tourism offers.

Professor AndrĂ©a Sousa Dantas, Department of Tourism, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil 


Reviews on previous editions of Tourism and Sustainability:

'This book should be compulsory reading for all those engaged in tourism research.' - Erlet Cater, In Focus, Tourism Concern

'.one of the most significant books produced on tourism in the past few years.'- Geoffrey Wall, Annals of Tourism Research

'A valuable and overdue contribution to a multi-disciplinary area. This book meets the challenge to say something clear and interesting in a quicksand of ambiguities.' - Professor John Lea, University of Sydney

'Informative, stimulating, and provocative, the book deserves to be read by a wide audience . It is absolutely essential reading for all those serious scholars of tourism studies wishing to appreciate "the bigger picture".'- Brian Wheeller, Annals of Tourism Research

'.the book is quite simply one of the most important theoretical contributions to the growing subdiscipline of tourism geography and is likely to be a mainstay for many years to come.'- Keith Debbage, Annals of the Association of American Geographers

'.a far-reaching, timely and quite penetrating critique of some of the forms of tourism that have emerged as a direct response to the clarion call for sustainable tourism development'- Michael Parnwell, Journal of Development Studies