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 36: Conclusions: thinking about the future

David Newsome and Ross Dowling

Abstract

We reiterate the international perspective and re-visit the overarching topics of ‘geology and tourism’, ‘geotourism, society and sustainability’, ‘geotourism in urban areas’, ‘interpretation and education strategies’, ‘geotourism’s contribution to geoparks’ and ‘case studies in geotourism’. We conclude on a new approach to understanding geotourism which in its narrowest form can be described as geological tourism (a form of tourism) and from a wider perspective can be regarded as geographical tourism (an approach to tourism). Geoparks continue to grow as vehicles for geotourism and the need for best practice management is described. It is acknowledged that geotourism has helped to foster awareness of geodiversity and the need for geo-conservation. Geotourism can be considered to be the next ‘wave’ of tourism.

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