Offering conceptual, empirical and policy contributions from leading international scholars in the field, this comprehensive Handbook investigates a broad range of innovations and new approaches to tourism aimed at enhancing sustainability.
Examining the ongoing competitiveness that exists in 21st century tourism within a global market environment, chapters expand the debate on how innovation can tackle current challenges including providing clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With climate change and environmental degradation intensifying, this Handbook reviews the urgent system changes needed, as well as considering social dimensions in order to provide cohesion between innovation and tourism. Furthermore, it highlights the important role of policy and governance to allow collective action for the public good while paying greater attention to human values.
Researchers and scholars of tourism studies, including tourism management and tourism geography, will find the suggested innovations and debates informative and illustrative. This innovative Handbook will also be an excellent guide for practitioners and policymakers embedding new and improved 'ways of doing' to promote and provide for sustainable tourism.
'Innovation is the key to transforming sustainable tourism from an ideal into a reality. This insightful collection of essays outlines how dominant growth and competitiveness paradigms need to, and can, be challenged by imaginative and collaborative innovation. This is cutting-edge research on a vitally important and pressing topic.'
– Allan M. Williams, University of Surrey, UK
'Innovation that is based on the principles of sustainable tourism is of paramount importance in light of the climate emergency, global biodiversity loss, plastic pollution and the COVID-19 pandemic – and technology (digital and otherwise) can play a critical role in tackling these. The Handbook of Innovation for Sustainable Tourism is a thought-provoking contribution to the literature, with 16 diverse papers from contributors drawn from across the world, that bolsters our understanding of system change and technology, destination innovation, social dimensions and innovative approaches.'
– Anna Spenceley, Spenceley Tourism and Development Ltd (STAND), UK
'This book makes a timely and vital intervention in dialogues concerning the future of tourism sustainability and broader narratives about "building back better". Business as usual is no longer valid as many of the contributions to this book implore, for without systematic innovation the path towards sustainable tourism will remain a pipe dream. One of the strengths of this book is its pragmatic stance on pathways and transitions to sustainable tourism, thus making it suitable for practitioners, policymakers and academic researchers alike.'
– Joseph M. Cheer, Wakayama University, Japan
Contributors: Shima Ahmadi, David Ania Ayiine-Etigo, Tim Baird, Tom Baum, Irma Booyens, Patrick Brouder, Pavel Castka, Keith Debbage, Neil Debbage, Anna Marie Dyhr Ulrich, Dorthe Eide, Julia Kathryn Giddy, Jaume Guia, C. Michael Hall, Anne-Mette Hjalager, Hindertje Hoarau-Heemstra, Olga Høegh-Guldberg, Ezekiel Ondabu Kiage, Damiannah M. Kieti, Llewellyn Leonard, Suchi Smita Mahato, Peter Mutinda Masila, Farhad Moghimehfar, Ann Ndiuini, Jonathan Plimo Ng'oriarita, Piotr Niewiadomski, Rita Wairimu Nthiga, Haywantee Ramkissoon, Kati Reino, Christian M. Rogerson, Jarkko Saarinen, Pratima Sambajee, Monir Shahzeidi, Garrett Stone, Konstantinos Tomazos, Sil van de Velde, Yati Yati.
Edited by Irma Booyens, Lecturer, Department of Work, Employment and Organisation, University of Strathclyde Business School, UK and Senior Research Associate, School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa and Patrick Brouder, British Columbia Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development, Department of Recreation and Tourism Management, Vancouver Island University, Canada and Senior Research Associate, School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.