Transformative tourism education: An evidence-based framework as best practice in the age of overtourism

Patrick L'Espoir Decosta, Naomi F Dale, Seleni Matus

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Abstract

Since 2017, the term ‘overtourism’ has become the buzzword for destinations suffering the strain of tourism. It is a critical issue for the 21st Century and beyond, and to date has only been examined from a tourism industry perspective. This book takes a different stand by investigating overtourism from a tourism education perspective.

The recent global COVID-19 pandemic was expected to halt travel and, arguably, overtourism. However, industry experts and researchers share the opinion that instead of declining, overtourism is simply experiencing a shift, with a swarm of ‘second home’ and domestic travel that is likely to engulf many tourism destinations. Against this backdrop, the issue of overtourism remains relevant and studies on ways to cultivate responsible consumer mindsets to deal with overtourism and other sustainability issues in the tourism industry are called for. This book focuses on education as a transformative and strategic tool to tackle overtourism and related negative impacts. It presents original research on the topics of overtourism, education and sustainability, and puts forward a range of practical and transformative tourism education strategies to mitigate overtourism and to promote the sustainable development of destinations.

This book will be of great interest to upper-level students, researchers and academics in tourism, development studies, cultural studies and sustainability, as well as professionals in the field of tourism management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOvertourism and Tourism Education
Subtitle of host publicationA Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Futures
EditorsHugues Séraphin, Anca C Yallop
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter9
ISBN (Print)9780367468842
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 2020

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    L'Espoir Decosta, P., Dale, N. F., & Matus, S. (Accepted/In press). Transformative tourism education: An evidence-based framework as best practice in the age of overtourism. In H. Séraphin, & A. C. Yallop (Eds.), Overtourism and Tourism Education: A Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Futures Routledge.