Edited by Dallen J. Timothy
Chapter 14: Global population dynamics: implications for tourism and development
Population growth is a global developmental challenge. Specifically, it is widely recognised that sustainable population and per capita levels of consumption are fundamental to the sustainability of the global eco-system and, as the global population continues to increase, a transformation in both production and consumption practices is required. However, linking only population growth to development is to over-simplify complex processes; although the overall rate of growth is in decline, a variety of other population dynamics have a direct influence on development, economic growth, prosperity and resource demands at both the national and international levels. Moreover, such dynamics also impact directly on the nature and scale of tourism and its contribution to development. Identifying three key inter-related trends, namely, geographic variations in population growth, population ageing and the the growth and share of global wealth, this chapter considers the implications of global population dynamics for tourism and development. It suggests that, in the shorter term, international tourism will continue to act as a catalyst of economic growth, albeit with significant resource demands and competition. In the longer term, however, structural transformations in global tourism may limit its wider developmental contribution.
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