This month we published Tourist Attractions: From Object to Narrative by Johan Edelheim. Johan has discussed the main themes of his book in this short video clip.
Please see our website if you would like more information about Johan’s book.
Animals and Tourism edited by Kevin Markwell was published earlier this month and offers a fascinating insight into the relationships between tourists and animals.
Most of us can probably remember an encounter we’ve had with some kind of animal while on holiday. Maybe it was watching in amazement at a humpback whale launching its massive bulk out of the ocean or admiring a flamboyantly coloured parrot dodging the trunks of trees as it flew, unerringly, through an otherwise verdant rainforest. Perhaps it was simply an exotic looking butterfly, delicately landing on some equally exotic tropical flower in the garden of a resort you might have been staying at.
When you start to think more deeply, you soon realise that animals are incorporated into many of our tourism experiences; sometimes willingly, other times, not so willingly. They entertain us at tourist attractions such as zoos and aquaria; they provide transport at some destinations; most of us eat them as part of the local cuisine; we photograph them; we buy souvenirs that look like (or in some cases, are made from) them; and increasingly, many of us are taking our own cats and dogs with us while on holidays.
And not to forget the animals that annoy and irritate us such as mosquitoes and midges, ticks, and centipedes, and those which may present a threat to our safety – scorpions and venomous snakes as well as lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!
The book, Animals and Tourism: Understanding Diverse Relationships, emerged from a growing interest, which many scholars now share, in understanding critically the dynamics of our relationships with non-human animals. These relationships are often contradictory, ambiguous, inconsistent, and, increasingly, contested. The tourism arena is an ideal place to place these relationships under scrutiny because of the variety of relationships that exist.
I was fortunate enough to be joined in this book project by 22 well-qualified authors who contributed 16 chapters which I then organised into three themes: ethics and animal welfare, conflict, contradiction and contestation and shifting relationships. The topics that the book covers are quite varied and chapters cover issues like the ethical implications of the use of animals such as elephants and killer whales in tourism performances or as hunting targets, the paradoxes associated with eating ‘game meat’ within the context of safari tourism, conflicts between various stakeholders in bird-watching tourism, the potential of the creepy crawlies, insects and spiders as tourist attractions and the ramifications of travelling with a pet dog, among others. Case studies and examples are drawn from all over the world including Australia, Brazil, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Africa and the US.
I think the book sheds light on a number of important issues. There is a tendency in tourism to think of animals as ‘products’ or ‘commodities’ that are made available for our touristic pleasure and enjoyment. The interests of the animal are often regarded very much as secondary to the interests of the paying tourist. Often tourists are unaware of these issues and in doing so, maintain a market for performing elephants or photographic opportunities with gibbons and pythons. Yet, there are also examples where tourism can play a positive role in the conservation of species and we must not lose sight of this capacity of tourism to contribute to conservation and education.
Animals and Tourism aims to make a contribution to a better understanding of the intersections of animals and tourism, but as will be made clear in the book, there is still so much more to understand!
For further information about the book please see our website.
The new series aims to focus on key topics in the field of tourism studies and the books will provide an essential resource for tourism students and researchers.
The first book in the series is Tourism and Oil by Susanne Becken which was published in January. It is the first book to examine oil constraints and tourism and offers an analysis of the economic implications of increasing oil prices for tourism and discusses key dimensions relevant for tourism in a post peak oil world. Richard Butler describes it as “a measured and realistic appraisal of tourism in the future in relation to the availability or otherwise of oil.”
Following this, the next book in the series is Tourism and Water by Stefan Gössling, C. Michael Hall and Daniel Scott which was published earlier in April. This volume is a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between tourism and water. Michalis Hadjikakou from the University of New South Wales, Australia calls the book “a quintessential addition to the sustainable tourism literature.”
For more information about the series please see our website.
It was the University of Queensland’s turn to host CAUTHE this year and the conference was held in the Sofitel in Brisbane – with a lovely view for us exhibitors of Anzac Square. Noel Scott and his team of volunteers did a great job of organising especially as there were more delegates this year!
As usual, it was a successful trip for Channel View and a great chance to catch up with a lot of our authors and meet new people.
There were some thought-provoking keynotes from Stefan Gössling and Ulrike Gretzel and the Great Debate was won by the Aussies this year – in keeping with general sporting results!
UQ arranged for the conference cocktail reception to be held at the Customs House situated on Eagle St Pier, which was a lovely venue with great views of the Story Bridge – designed by the same man who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge (fun fact!)
The conference finished with a great evening of dinner and dancing – made even better by an awesome YMCA performance from the UQ staff!
After the conference I went to watch some cricket at the GABBA – though haunted by the Ashes memories…
We’re looking forward to next year’s CAUTHE which will be hosted by Southern Cross University.
Today marks the publication of Critical Debates in Tourism edited by Tej Vir Singh which is a comprehensive volume encompassing the key issues in tourism research. Tej Vir Singh is the founding Director of the Centre for Tourism Research and Development in Lucknow, India and established the Centre’s international journal Tourism Recreation Research.
This new volume brings together the key researchers in the field and provides a multidisciplinary examination of the fundamental debates of tourism studies. It covers topics ranging from the relevance of mass tourism, voluntourism, slow tourism, the impact of climate change, the dilemma of authenticity as well as tourism ethics. This book is unique in its format and will be an essential resource for tourism scholars and practitioners.
Noel Scott from the University of Queensland calls it: “A must for those wanting to get to grips with the key tourism debates” and John Tribe from the University of Surrey describes the volume as ” a fascinating book…highly recommended.”
Critical Debates in Tourism is part of our Aspects of Tourism series which aims to provide readers with the latest thinking on tourism world-wide and to push back the frontiers of tourism knowledge. For more information on this series or to discuss ideas for a proposal please contact the commissioning editor Elinor Robertson.
Lecturers who are considering using the book for the courses they’re teaching can order an inspection copy of the book by clicking here.
For further information on this title or any other books on tourism studies please see our website.
At Channel View Publications we have always been keen to help staff at colleges and universities around the world and one college that we have regularly supported, through the provision of gratis copies, is the College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania. Here, Kokel Melubo, lecturer in Tourism and Head of the Department of Wildlife Tourism tells us a little bit more about the college and how our books are used.
Established in 1963, Mweka College is a leader in training professional and technical wildlife managers in Africa. To date, it has trained over 4000 students from 28 African and 8 non-African countries, the majority of whom serve in protected African areas.
Although the college has now been in place for 49 years, tourism as an area of study is a recent addition to the courses that the college offers. Since the introduction of this course, the college has registered over 100 students at various levels (Certificate to Bachelor Degree). The diversity of courses from Wildlife Management to Tourism would have not been possible without the confidence and support of Channel View Publications. Today, our library shelves are decorated with a range of high quality tourism textbooks. Some of the books that are a “must read’’ for our undergraduate and diploma students include Tourism Economics and Policy, Human Resources and Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Tourism and Crisis and Disaster Management for Tourism.
These books have been an indispensable aid to our tourism staff and students! On behalf of the College we thank the entire team of Channel View Publications for making us grow! You have been a great source of knowledge and actionable ideas and made us to believe that tourism is a discipline worth studying. Asante sana for your continued support!