Handbook of Globalisation and Tourism
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Handbook of Globalisation and Tourism

Edited by Dallen J. Timothy

Globalization entails the world becoming a smaller place through political, socio-cultural and economic processes. These processes have salient implications for tourism, and tourism itself is one of the driving forces behind globalization. This book is a collection of conceptual treatises by international scholars about the dynamics and reach of globalization and its relationships with tourism. It anatomizes and deconstructs the global forces, processes and challenges that face the world of tourism. It is international in scope, encyclopedic in its conceptual depth, empirically evocative, and contemporary in its coverage.
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Chapter 16: Tourism, globalisation, and natural disasters

Brent W. Ritchie and Yawei Jiang


Globalization has overall positive trend contributing to economic development, social and cultural exchange, and technological improvements; however it can be a double-edged sword for tourism disaster management by facilitating global assistance or exacerbating negative impacts of disasters in tourism destinations. The impact of globalization on tourism disaster management has not been fully discussed in tourism literature because past research focusing on the actual management of the destination or business at the response or recovery phrase. This chapter examines the inter-relationship between tourism, natural disasters and globalization and this apparent paradox, focuses on developing countries or regions that are often heavily reliant on tourism and are under-represented in tourism disaster management research. The vulnerable nature of tourism destinations and its global networks are critical factors in understanding globalization’s beneficial or negative force in tourism disaster management. The chapter concludes that tourism industries need to reduce their vulnerability to disasters by diversifying products and markets, learning from past disasters to improve future planning, and utilizing global resources to better prepare and respond to disasters. Several future research agendas are provided in this chapter.

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