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Anna Spenceley

This comprehensive Handbook brings together practical advice from leading international practitioners in sustainable tourism. This guidance is not designed as a guide for long-term academic projects, but instead applies good research design principles within the parameters of modest timeframes and resources, to provide workable and rational step-by-step approaches to researching real-life challenges. The book’s contributors unpack how to undertake environmental, socio-cultural and economic assessments that establish the feasibility for new tourism ventures, or ascertain what impacts they have had over time. The book covers fundamentals for practitioners, such as how to conduct feasibility studies and business plans, and also addresses hot topics such as visitor management and overcrowding. The processes of transferring knowledge from academic research into practical applications are also addressed. This Handbook is critical for researchers at all levels, and particularly to those working within government institutions responsible for tourism and private tourism businesses. It is also an invaluable resource for practitioners, not-for-profit organizations and consultants that provide technical support in the planning, feasibility, development, operation and evaluation of sustainable tourism.

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Edited by Anna Spenceley

Offering how-to tools and step-by-step guidance, this practical Handbook combines academic insight with extensive professional experience to outline best practice in undertaking environmental, socio-cultural and economic assessments that establish the feasibility of new tourism ventures and ascertains their impact over time.
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Anna Spenceley and Andrew Rylance

2017 was the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, as recognition of tourism’s capacity to contribute to sustainable development. Coupled with the 17 Global Goals for the year 2030, tourism is seen a major tool in accomplishing these targets (e.g., no poverty, good health and well-being, quality education). But how can tourism contribute to these goals, and what actions within the tourism sector or stimulated by tourism activity can contribute to attaining development goals? How effective is tourism in poverty reduction, and what about other goals, such as quality education, or reducing disease? And where achievements are being made, how do we collate this information so that nations can report on tourism’s contribution? This chapter systematically reviews the SDGs and describes tourism’s influence, with particular reference to examples from Africa.

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Anna Spenceley and Edward W. (Ted) Manning