The authorship of any book is difficult at best, and even more so when it is an edited volume of contributors from a number of countries and institutions. In addition to the complications of coordinating the work of writers who reside in disparate locations around the globe—and whose frequent practice of the art of travel made for a most challenging editorial experience—there is the rather formidable task of integrating a broad selection of professional perspectives and geographic case-studies into a single, coherent manuscript without diminishing the broader diversity of opinion presented. Indeed, so fractious is the complexity of egos and conflicting priorities in similar situations that such endeavors often become meaningless and even impossible.
Yet the eleven contributors to this volume made what might have been an onerous activity one of the most pleasant and informative collaborations in which I have participated. Despite their tight deadlines and the lack of any compensation other than professional acknowledgment and my own sincere appreciation, each writer accepted the challenge presented without hesitation: to encourage a broader discourse of tourism that acknowledges the “place” of the tourist destination in the cultural landscape. To each of these geographers and scholars, I am most thankful.
In addition to their contributions, I must gratefully acknowledge the tremendous aid provided by others who, quite literally, helped me achieve my own destination (and through it, a point of origin) with the completion of this manuscript. Perhaps most importantly, my editorial assistant Ina Zucker, who volunteered her time and energy to assist in the reviews, and to maintain the balance of perspectives I sought. Equal kudos is due to Nick Kohler and Jill Radek, who supplied ample discourse and camaraderie during my research and writing.
In this regard, they were ably assisted by a caring group of international “discussants,” including Aubrey Hord, Denise Jackson, David Keeling, Kerry KenCairn, Carla and Dan Dugas, Coleen Fox, Holly Freifeld, Harry Bondareff, Sarah Shafer, Laura Pratt and Karen Lewotsky in the USA; Daudi Kaliisa and Dann Griffiths (Uganda); Yem Sokhan, Paulin Im, Karen and Alan Robinson (Cambodia); Elena del Castillo Perez, Tina Forster and Ernesto Yallico (Peru);