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Description - Tourism Development Revisited by Sutheeshna S. Babu

The global tourism industry is a growing, dynamic mega industry, despite the temporary setbacks it has faced from time to time due to political and natural elements. This book approaches tourism development through a critical prism. The collection of articles by leading experts in international tourism relooks at the complex phenomenon of tourism development within a multi-disciplinary framework. Replete with interesting case studies and tourism statistics, it re-examines and re-interprets prevailing dominant paradigms in the subject, leading to new insights and perspectives. Tourism Development Revisited: Concepts, Issues and Paradigms, in addition to discussing the concepts, scope and nature of the tourism business, also includes a diverse commentary on: - The development of tourism in the 21st century; - Emerging models in international tourism; - Challenges faced in emerging markets of East Europe, India and China; - Impact of the Internet and online markets on the travel industry; - Changing human resource practices and contributions by the informal sector; - The importance of tourism as a source of economic development; - The dynamics of the global tourist and corporate traveler; - Ecotourism, exotic destinations and experiential tourism; and - Fundamental issues in leisure, recreation and tourism. The contributors of all the 22 chapters have explored their respective topics beyond the expected realms. They deal with the conceptual and paradigmatic evolution of tourism as a socio-economic phenomenon and an industry, contradictions in its development process, tourism in the developing world including the fast growing Chinese and Indian economies, new tourism products, and their development and management. The book will hold tremendous appeal for students, researchers, academicians, policy makers and professionals in this field.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761936336
ISBN-10: 0761936335
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 139mm x 23mm)
Pages: 372
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 9-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sutheeshna S. Babu

Sutheeshna Babu. S is Reader at the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management Gwalior and now holds the post of Nodal Officer of the National Institute of Watersports, Goa. Prior to this, he has worked as Chairperson of the Department of Tourism, Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad, U.P., India. Dr Babu is also the editor of the UNECAP promoted Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT) Newsletter. His main publications include conference proceedings and articles in journals and edited books. Tourism development issues and policy research remain his main areas of research. Sitikantha Mishra, PhD, is the Director of the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), Gwalior, Ministry of Tourism, Government. of India. He has been working as Professor in Business Studies for last two decades. Prof. Mishra is also Vice-President UNECAP promoted Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT). He has authored many articles in national and international journals, and wrote three books on themes related to tourism planning and marketing. Prof. Mishra is also member of the Working Committee on Technical Education for the 11th Five Year Plan, constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. His main areas of interest are strategic management, financial management and tourism planning. Bivraj Bhusan Parida, D Lit., is Reader at the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Bhubaneswar. Prior to this, he taught at the Department of Management, Burdwan University, West Bengal and also headed the department. He has a dual post-graduate in economics and management, and has obtained the Doctorate and D Lit. in Management with marketing as the focus area. In addition to publishing seminar/conference papers, Dr Parida also has published in leading journals and co-authored a book on tourism marketing. His areas of interests are marketing themes, and he specialises in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications in tourism.