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Advances in Ecopolitics

ISSN: 2041-806X
Series editor(s): Liam Leonard
Currently published as: Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice

Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment

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Chapter 9 Ecotourism and sustainability in the tourism sector

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Title:Chapter 9 Ecotourism and sustainability in the tourism sector
Author(s):James Hanrahan
Volume:5 Editor(s): Liam Leonard, John Barry ISBN: 978-1-84950-748-6 eISBN: 978-1-84950-749-3
Citation:James Hanrahan (2010), Chapter 9 Ecotourism and sustainability in the tourism sector, in Liam Leonard, John Barry (ed.) Global Ecological Politics (Advances in Ecopolitics, Volume 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.171-220
DOI:10.1108/S2041-806X(2010)0000005013 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item

Sustainable development may best be achieved by enhancing the commitment of local communities. Stewart and Hams (1991) argue that the requirements of sustainable development cannot merely be imposed but that active participation by local communities is needed. However, the terms ‘community’, ‘host community’ and ‘participation’ can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. Before entering a full discussion of host community participation in tourism planning, it is first necessary to explore the various potential interpretations of these terms and to define their meaning and function. This chapter therefore clarifies some of the issues surrounding the terms community, host, host community and participation. The major typologies and available models in relation to host communities’ participation in sustainable planning for tourism are also reviewed.

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