Handbook of Geotourism
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Handbook of Geotourism

Edited by Ross Dowling and David Newsome

Ross Dowling and David Newsome present an original, substantial and much-needed contribution to the field which will further our understanding of geotourism in theory and practice. This Handbook defines, characterises and explores the subject through a range of international perspectives and case studies, identifying geotourism as a rapidly emerging form of urban and regional sustainable development.
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Chapter 6: Some characteristics of the geotourism literature

Dmitry A. Ruban


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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