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 17: Education as a key tenet of geotourism

Neda Torabi Farsani, Carlos Neto de Carvalho and Kejian Xu


Education in tourism is the process of facilitating learning a lifelong process and fundamental prerequisite for the achievement of sustainable tourism. Geotourism is a niche form of tourism with emphasis on geo-knowledge transfer and geo-education. This research has two major purposes: (1) to introduce geotourism as a form of educational, research and scientific tourism, and (2): to identify the essential information required for successful geotourism interpretation. Among the diversity of available interpretation resources, this study highlights the role of the tour guide, interpretative panels and signs, art and performance, self-guided pedestrian trails and geoproducts.

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