Demand management for the sustainability of tourism

Authored by: Patrizia Modica

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and the Environment

Print publication date:  July  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415582070
eBook ISBN: 9780203121108
Adobe ISBN: 9781136325564


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This chapter explores how specific management practices can reduce the negative effects of tourism seasonality, which affect a number of destinations around the world. The phenomenon of seasonality creates high seasons accompanied with the arrival of masses of people in a determined time and space, and low seasons characterised by a limited number or lack of tourists. Both of these opposing situations – the excessive presence of tourists and a tendency towards an absence of tourist flows – can be highly significant for host countries, as regards environmental, economical and social consequences.

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