Marine Leisure and Tourism

Authored by: Michael Lück

Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415531757
eBook ISBN: 9780203115398
Adobe ISBN: 9781136294822


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With approximately two thirds of our planet covered with water, it is no surprise that the coastal and marine environments have always played a major role in human life. Throughout history the sea has been used by humans for a variety of functions, such as food gathering, transport and waste disposal. Only in the twentieth century have health, leisure and tourism become a major player in the use of the coasts and seas. Early explorers used the oceans for their endeavours, from the Egyptian use of sails to Chinese junks and Viking boats (Lück, 2007; Orams, 1999). With the development of the world’s population and improvements in technologies, the importance of the coasts and oceans has become even more important. For example, today in Southeast Asia more than 350 million people live within 50km of the coast (Burke et al., 2002).

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