Scale, change and resilience in community tourism planning

Alan A. Lew
  • Tourism Geographies, December 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2013.864325

Tourism Resilience and Sustainability

What is it about?

Proposes a model based on the speed of social/environmental change that a place is experiencing, and the size (scale) of tourism development that is being examined. The model then identifies the types of resilience and sustainability issues that arise under four different scenarios of speed and size. This can then be used to better understand the needs and actions necessary to make the outcomes of sustainable development and resilience planning more effective.

Why is it important?

The proposed model is based on recent literature in resilience planning (urban planning theory), but has significant implications for sustainable development mostly because it is much more simple to understand and straightforward in its application than previous efforts to apply complex adaptive systems theory to sustainable tourism development. I recently received funding to test out this model in Taiwan, and am interested in collaborating with others to further develop and refine it.

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