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International Handbook on Ecotourism

Edited by Roy Ballantyne and Jan Packer, University of Queensland, School of Tourism, Australia
This Handbook brings together contributions from over forty international experts in the field of ecotourism. It provides a critical review and discussion of current issues and concepts – it challenges readers to consider the boundaries of what ecotourism is, and could be. The Handbook provides practical information regarding the business of ecotourism; insights into ecotourist behaviour and visitor experiences; and reflections on the practice of ecotourism in a range of different contexts.
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Publication Date: 2013
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This Handbook brings together contributions from over forty international experts in the field of ecotourism. It provides a critical review and discussion of current issues and concepts – it challenges readers to consider the boundaries of what ecotourism is, and could be. The Handbook provides practical information regarding the business of ecotourism; insights into ecotourist behaviour and visitor experiences; and reflections on the practice of ecotourism in a range of different contexts.

The Handbook is designed to be a valuable reference book for tourism scholars and researchers.
‘Roy and Jan have assembled a timely snapshot of our current understanding of ecotourism, both as a concept worthy of scientific inquiry and as an increasingly significant segment of global commerce and industry. A terrific piece of work!’
– Sam Ham, University of Idaho, US

‘In the 30 or so year since it became established in the tourism literature and in tourism practice, “ecotourism” has attracted as many proponents as opponents. This Handbook now brings together some of the leading scholars worldwide in this field, to explore the current position of this form of tourism. In doing so, it offers serious critiques, it explores meanings and paradoxes, it offers best practices and it looks to the future. It is the Handbook for one of tourism’s fastest growing and controversial sectors.’
– David Airey, University of Surrey, UK

‘This is a most welcome and needed book. With a very strong editorial team and contributing authors, the Handbook covers all the key issues of ecotourism. It cuts through the confusion surrounding the much-misunderstood concept of ecotourism, clearly dealing with definitions, concepts and research issues. The Handbook is particularly welcome for its focus on the visitor experience, a strength of the editors, and for clearly linking the theory of ecotourism with practice in the field.’
– Christopher Cooper, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Contributors: T. Baird, R. Ballantyne, T. Baum, P. Benckendorff, A. Bien, D. Biggs, R. Black, E. Brymer, R. Buckley, J. Butcher, J. Buultjens, S. Curtin, S. Dolnicar, R. Dowling, L. Dwyer, D. Edwards, J.H. Falk, D.A. Fennell, D. Getz, A. Grajal, C.M. Hall, E. Hawkins, K. Hughes, M. Hughes, E. Juvan, A.-M. Lacaze, J. Mann, E.W. Manning, G. Moscardo, D. Newsome, J. Packer, P.L. Pearce, S. Reid, B.W. Ritchie, K. Rodger, A. Shoebridge, A. Spenceley, N.L. Staus, L.A. Sutherland, C. Tisdell, C.L. Vernon, K. Walker, B. Weiler, N.E. White, V. Yanamandram
Contents:

1. Ecotourism: Themes and Issues
Roy Ballantyne and Jan Packer

PART I: ECOTOURISM ISSUES, CONCEPTS AND CHALLENGES
2. Defining Ecotourism: Consensus on Core, Disagreement on Detail
Ralf Buckley

3. The History of Ecotourism
Ross Dowling

4. Ecotourism and Ethics
David A. Fennell

5. Ecotourism and Community Participation
Jim Butcher

6. Ecotourism and Global Environmental Change
C. Michael Hall

7. Ecotourism, Biological Invasions and Biosecurity
C. Michael Hall and Tim Baird

8. Complex Interrelationships between Ecotourism and Indigenous Peoples
Nadine E. White, Jeremy Buultjens and Amanda Shoebridge

9. Ecotourists: Who Are They and What Should We Really Call Them?
Sara Dolnicar, Venkata Yanamandram and Emil Juvan

10. Ecotourists and Views of Nature
Michael Hughes

PART II: ECOTOURIST BEHAVIOUR AND VISITOR EXPERIENCES
11. Visitor Behaviour in Ecotourism Settings
Philip L. Pearce

12. Generational Cohorts and Ecotourism
Pierre Benckendorff and Gianna Moscardo

13. Free-choice Learning and Ecotourism
John H. Falk and Nancy L. Staus

14. Encouraging Reflective Visitor Experiences in Ecotourism
Jan Packer and Roy Ballantyne

15. The Role of Emotion in Ecotourism Experiences
Nancy L. Staus and John H. Falk

16. Developing Ecotourists’ Environmentally Sustainable Behaviour
Jan Packer and Roy Ballantyne

17. The Intrinsic Motivations and Psychological Benefits of Eco and Wildlife Tourism Experiences
Susanna Curtin

18. The Benefits of Ecotourism for Visitor Wellness
Eric Brymer and Anne-Marie Lacaze

PART III: THE PRACTICE OF ECOTOURISM
19. Ecotourism and Conservation
Ralf Buckley

20. Ecotourism and the Triple Bottom Line
Larry Dwyer and Deborah Edwards

21. Staffing Ecotourism Businesses
Tom Baum

22. Risk Management and Ecotourism Businesses
Brent W. Ritchie and Sacha Reid

23. Ecotourism: Planning for Rural Development in Developing Nations
Anna Spenceley and Edward W. (Ted) Manning

24. Indigenous Ecotourism
Jeremy Buultjens, Amanda Shoebridge and Nadine E. White

25. Winning Hearts and Minds through Interpretation: Walking the Talk
Karen Hughes and Roy Ballantyne

26. Current Themes and Issues in Ecotour Guiding
Rosemary Black and Betty Weiler

27. The Role and Management of Non-captive Wildlife in Ecotourism
Gianna Moscardo

28. Watching and Swimming with Marine Mammals: International Scope, Management and Best Practice in Cetacean Ecotourism
Kaye Walker and Elizabeth Hawkins

29. Ecotourism Experiences Promoting Conservation and Changing Economic Values: The Case of Mon Repos Turtles
Clem Tisdell

30. Birding, Sustainability and Ecotourism
Duan Biggs

31. Ecotourism Standards: International Accreditation and Local Certification and Indicators
Anna Spenceley and Amos Bien

PART IV: ECOTOURISM CONTEXTS: PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES
32. Planning and Staging Ecotourism Events
Donald Getz

33. Feeding of Wildlife: An Acceptable Practice in Ecotourism?
David Newsome and Kate Rodger

34. Using Aquariums and their Visitor Experiences to Promote Ecotourism Goals: Issues and Best Practice
Judy Mann and Cynthia L. Vernon

35. Zoos as Ecotourism Experiences
Alejandro Grajal

36. Botanic Gardens as Ecotourism Sites
Lucy A. Sutherland

Index