Part iv: Planning and community action

Stephen Page, Chris Ryan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


Within the literature on tourism, an ongoing debate has continued on the extent to which tourism planning exists as a discrete and integrated activity within the public and private sector (Page and Thorn, 1997, 1998). While a range of tourism texts now exist on the theme of tourism planning (Gunn, 1979; Inskeep, 1991, 1994; Gartner, 1996; Hall et aI., 1997; Wilkinson, 1997), in only a few contexts (e.g. Languedoc-Roussillon) does tourism planning exist as a specialist and integrated activity (Getz, 1986). In many cases, tourism planning is an all-embracing term used to encompass a wide variety of activities, often including tourist development (see Pearce, 1989). This makes any definitive analysis of the field of study complex, and an almost impossible task to review in a coherent and meaningful manner. This is made even more complex when considering new paradigms that approach tourism planning from the planning literature perspective (Hall, 1999). In fact Hall's (1999) new and stimulating review attempts to avoid sterile, check list and pedantic reviews of tourism planning by placing people, politics and the irrational explanations ofplanning decisions as central to his thesis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourism Management
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781136002823
ISBN (Print)0080435890, 9780080435893
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2000


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