Edited by Ross Dowling and David Newsome
Chapter 6: Some characteristics of the geotourism literature
Geotourism studies continue to grow rapidly on a global scale. A bibliographical survey serves to document the research process on the basis of the journal articles published by specialists from different regions of the world in 2013_2016. A total of 239 articles were published during the term geotourism. The majority of papers are authored by specialists from Europe, South-East Asia, and South America. It appears that researchers tend to prefer geological journals or those specialized in geological heritage, traditionally paying significantly less attention to tourism or economics journals. The current geotourism-related research is well-balanced with regard to the topics: there are both conceptual developments and case studies, geotourism services are studied more intensively than geotourism resources, and geoparks are considered broadly. Specialists in geotourism collaborate actively. All this evidence implies that geotourism studies comprise a well-established research direction but are still a long way from being at a stage of ‘maturity’.
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