This is a critical introduction to the relations between tourism, tourists, and tourism spaces. It fuses economic and cultural perspectives to explain how tourism is dependent on place and space, while at the same time as defining those places and spaces.
Examining different levels of scale - from local to global - Tourism and Tourism Spaces is informed by the discussion of three key processes:
- production and consumption of tourist spaces
- consumption and commodification of tourist experiences
- construction and reconstruction of tourist spaces
Each chapter engages with different theoretical perspectives; is illustrated with comparative examples and case studies; uses tables, boxes and figures throughout; and concludes with a summary.
An integrated and systematic review of a range of theoretical positions - that integrates economic and cultural - Tourism and Tourism Spaces will be a key resource for students of geography, sociology, management studies, hospitality studies, and leisure studies.
About the Author
Gareth Shaw is Professor of Retail and Tourism Management and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Exeter Business School. He has just completed an ESRC project on innovation in the hotel industry and is currently working on an ESRC follow-on project on Sustainable travel and Social Marketing. He is an Innovation Fellow at the Advanced Institute of Management, was formerly Professor of Human Geography at Exeter and has a BA and PhD in Human Geography. He has worked on numerous research projects related to retail development all of which have been funded by major grant awarding bodies. He is an expert on retail innovation and business history and in recent years has completed a large scale AHRC project on the impact of the supermarket on consumer behaviour in post-war Britain. In addition he has written widely within tourism and produced key texts on tourism studies. He has also acted as a consultant for many local, national and international organisations. These include UNESCO, The National Trust, American Express, The European Union and Amoco Oil. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Tourism.
Allan studied Economics and Geography at University College Swansea, 1969-72, before completing his PhD at the LSE. After completing his doctoral thesis, he worked as a Research Fellow at the LSE on a project on'Change in Urban Britain', and in 1976-8 was Lecturer in Geography at the University of Durham. In 1978 he moved to the Geography Department at the University of Exeter, where he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and then, from 1995, Professor of Human Geography and European Studies. He was Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies 1987-95. He also jointly established, with Gareth Shaw, an MSc in Tourism, Development and Policy at Exeter in 2000. He was appointed to the Chair in European Integration and Globalization at London Metropolitan in 2006, in the Institute for the Study of European Transformations, and the Working Lives Research Institute. He joined the Tourism Group in the Faculty of Management at Surrey in January 2011.