Tourism: Politics and Public Sector Management

Tourism: Politics and Public Sector Management

Tourism: Politics and Public Sector Management

Tourism: Politics and Public Sector Management

Synopsis

Tourism looks set to replace oil as the most important global industry. James Elliot explores the ways in which governments of both developed and developing countries manage this increasingly diverse and volatile industry, providing a historic and economic overview as well as the reasons why and how governments are involved in tourism management. Using case studies from the UK, Australia and the Third World this wide ranging book covers: policy-making and planning; local governments; airlines and airports; and environmental control and sustainable development. Detailed information boxes and excerpts of official documents illustrate government management of the tourism system and provide critieria for evaluation

Excerpt

Tourism, as Professor Elliott explains, is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Governments in countries at all stages of development are increasingly dependent on it, but it is of special significance in countries intent on achieving sustainable development. This leads to general questions about the role of governments in various countries, questions about what governments conceive to be their particular responsibilities in relation to tourism, and questions about the relationship of tourism to public sector management. In the longer term there are also questions about the consequences of the development of tourism for citizens. It is increasingly apparent that people at all levels of society and in all occupations are affected in one way or another by this fast growing and important industry. Consequently, Professor Elliott’s book, which examines all levels of government in relation to tourism, is timely and welcome.

Because tourism is such a relatively new sphere for public sector management, the problems associated with it are only just becoming apparent. At one extreme, the development of tourism may be associated with the growth of the mass media and international marketing, which contribute to its vigorous growth. However, at the other extreme, issues of crime, drug use and sexual disease, including AIDS, may be seen in a new light because in some areas their growth has been associated with the expansion of tourism. Both these relationships are considered in this book, which is concerned with what tourism is and how tourism relates to other phenomena and responsibilities in both the public and private sectors of the economy.

The scholarly literature in this field is still in its infancy and Professor Elliott’s monograph is an original and significant contribution to it. There can be few other scholars who can match his breadth of experience and depth of study, reflecting the many years he has

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