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INTRODUCTION: TOURISM AND SOCIAL IDENTITIES

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Abstract:

We can no longer claim that tourism is a ``new'' or even ``relatively new'' topic for discussion. The analysis of tourism as a set of complex social phenomena has reached a high level of sophistication and there is no doubt that we are beginning to understand it at many levels. The proliferation of debates, conferences, books, journals, and monographs provides evidence for this assertion. In some areas, there is an understanding between academia and industry, with the research efforts of universities having an impact on tourism industry practices. It is, for example, safe to say that the industry more or less understands the environmental impacts that tourism has on destinations. This is evidenced by major tour operators and airlines along with their colleagues in the hotels sector having environmental policies and even appointing environmental officers.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/1098304042781481

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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  • Tourism, Culture & Communication is international in its scope and will place no restrictions upon the range of cultural identities covered, other than the need to relate to tourism and hospitality. The Journal seeks to provide interdisciplinary perspectives in areas of interest that may branch away from traditionally recognized national and indigenous cultures, for example, cultural attitudes toward the management of tourists with disabilities, gender aspects of tourism, sport tourism, or age-specific tourism.
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