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 11: Geotourism development and management in volcanic regions

Patricia Erfurt

Abstract

An abundance of volcanic landscapes provides remarkable tourist attractions worldwide, with unique destinations frequently located in protected areas like national parks, world heritage sites and geoparks. Active, dormant and extinct volcanic environments, as well as the closely related geothermal landforms, are attractive to a wide range of visitors interested in learning about natural areas and their rich geodiversity. As a result, volcano tourism is closely related to geotourism, but also synergises well with many other tourism sectors. A long-standing fascination with volcanic landforms and their geological history contributes to the growing interest in geotourism and plays a prominent role in sustainable destination development as well as education about geo-conservation. However, the dynamics of volcanic environments require suitable risk management strategies, especially near volcanoes classed as active. As a main priority for development planning and sustainable destination management this must include safety guidelines made available to all visitors at all volcanic destinations.

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