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Trends in European Tourism

This most interesting and timely book illuminates the complex destination of Europe and its need to adopt new structural approaches to tourism policy.

Written by leading international tourism researchers, this book examines the key trends in European tourism planning and organisation. It introduces a theoretical framework to tourism planning and organisation using a procedural and structural approach. Despite having a European focus, it is globally relevant as many lessons from Europe can be applied to international tourism development. The book identifies and discusses six key themes in the context of European tourism planning and organisation: territory, actors and structures, economics, policy, methods and techniques and vision. It also identifies leading and emerging practices and offers a new vision for European tourism planning.

About the Author
Carlos Costa is Full Professor of Tourism at the University of Aveiro and Editor of the Journal of Tourism & Development (Revista de Turismo e Desenvolvimento). Carlos is the leader of the Tourism Research Unit and of the PhD Tourism Programme of the University of Aveiro. His main research interests are tourism planning and management, organisations, networks, gender in tourism and education.

Emese Panyik is Assistant Professor of Tourism at the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP), Braga Regional Centre. Her research interests include strategic tourism planning and management, integrated rural tourism, EU tourism policy, rural governance, local policymaking and partnerships and host community impacts of tourism.

Dimitrios Buhalis is Professor of eTourism and Director of eTourism Lab at Bournemouth University. His research focuses on strategic management and marketing, tourism marketing, technology and eTourism. He has written or co-edited a total of 18 books and published more than 100 articles in scholarly journals, books, conference proceedings and consultancy reports.

This most interesting and timely book illuminates the complex destination of Europe and its need to adopt new structural approaches to tourism policy. World-renowned tourism experts provide multi-disciplinary knowledge to inform Europe’s future tourism planning. It is essential reading for those wanting to understand the fascinating structural changes that EU tourism is undergoing. – Pauline J. Sheldon, University of Hawaii, USA

Costa, Panyik and Buhalis have provided a highly insightful edited exposition of European tourism planning in the context of the new global world order. From the impacts of the global financial crunch, the restructuring of European financial arrangements and the beginnings of a European tourism policy through the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, the book provides a holistic framework for understanding the complexity of developing and governing tourism across the European Union to create competitiveness for sustainable destination development. –Simon Darcy, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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