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Mountaineering Adventure Tourism and Local Communities

Social, Environmental and Economics Interactions

9781802209372 Edward Elgar Publishing
Michal Apollo, Assistant Professor, Institute of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland; Fellow, Global Justice Program, Yale University, US; Visiting Scholar, Hainan University - Arizona State University Joint International Tourism College, Haikou, China; Visiting Fellow, Center for Tourism Research, Wakayama University, Japan and Viacheslav Andreychouk, Professor, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Publication Date: September 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80220 937 2 Extent: c 192 pp
This timely book explores how hiking, trekking and climbing mountains, increasingly popular leisure activities, can stimulate change and create opportunities for sustainable development. Using empirical evidence from interviews held in the Himalayas combined with a theoretical grounding, it focuses on the socio-economic and environmental issues of the impact of mountaineering adventure tourism on local communities.

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This timely book explores how hiking, trekking and climbing mountains, increasingly popular leisure activities, can stimulate change and create opportunities for sustainable development. Using empirical evidence from interviews held in the Himalayas combined with a theoretical grounding, it focuses on the socio-economic and environmental issues of the impact of mountaineering adventure tourism on local communities.

Chapters highlight the progressive stages of the host–guest interactions between local communities and tourists, moving from initial, indirect and final tourism development, and the unique sociocultural phenomena these create. The book examines how, with a planned and systematic approach, mountaineering can be a key factor in promoting an overall improvement in local people’s quality of life through initiatives in economic development and environmental conservation. It offers a look towards the future to create sustainable tourism development in mountain regions.

This is an invigorating read for adventure tourism and human geography scholars, particularly with the blend of theory and first-hand studies of local impacts of mountain tourism. It will also be an interesting read for industry representatives, policy makers and professionals in the field.
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‘Michal Apollo and Viacheslav Andreychouk have embarked on an ambitious journey as they document the social, natural and economic impacts of mountaineering tourism, a rapidly evolving field. Logically well-structured, with deeper insights from the field, this remarkable book makes a convincing case of why mountains deserve a special scholarly attention.’
– Sanjay K. Nepal, University of Waterloo, Canada

‘This marvellous book engages with the world’s greatest mountains and how they can be judiciously developed for the benefit of their inhabitants and of tourists visiting for nature and adventure. If we can learn from the wisdom of this work, future generations will be grateful.’
– Thomas Pogge, Yale University, US
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Contents: Foreword Dallen J. Timothy Preface: Sustainable tourism development in mountain regions – an attempt to foresee the future 1. Mountains, humans and mountaineering adventure tourism 2. Host–guest relations: an overview 3. Transformation of the mountain environment under the influence of mountaineering tourism: diversity of the dimensions 4. Areas of study and their representativeness as mountaineering destinations 5. Methodology used for researching mountaineering tourism and its limitations 6. Characteristics of the study population and its dynamics under mountaineering tourism 7. The dynamics of the impact of mountaineering tourism 8. The progressive nature (stages) of host–guest interactions in mountaineering tourism 9. Regulation and management of mountaineering tourism in local communities 10. Management implications for mountaineering tourism and conclusions Index
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