Organic, incremental and induced paths to sustainable mass tourism convergence

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Title Organic, incremental and induced paths to sustainable mass tourism convergence
Author Weaver, David Bruce
Journal Name Tourism Management
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This paper positions sustainable mass tourism (SMT) as the desired and impending outcome for most destinations. Natural resource scarcity, development of green technology, climate change awareness, the global financial crisis, institutionalised environmentalism and Internet technology all facilitate the emergence of sustainability as a societal norm that is combining with the longer established norm of growth desirability. SMT convergence is occurring along three distinctive paths in an evolutionary manner that reflects environmental pragmatism. The market-driven ‘organic’ path describes the conventional tourism area life cycle model of Butler, whilst the regulation-driven ‘incremental’ path entails deliberate alternative tourism (DAT) in which carrying capacities are gradually increased to accommodate higher visitation levels. The hybrid ‘induced’ path describes planned mega-resorts conceived as growth poles. Each model is invested with its own specific planning and management implications.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 33
Issue Number 5
Page from 1030
Page to 1037
ISSN 0261-5177
Date Accessioned 2012-07-10
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Tourism Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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