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The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism

Edited by: Melanie Kay Smith , László Puczkó

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138909830
eBook ISBN: 9781315693774
Adobe ISBN: 9781317437505

10.4324/9781315693774
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The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge overview of the philosophical, conceptual and managerial issues in the field of health tourism with contributions from more than 30 expert academics and practitioners from around the world. Terms that are used frequently when defining health tourism, such as wellbeing, wellness, holistic, medical and spiritual, are analysed and explored, as is the role that health and health tourism play in quality-of-life enhancement, wellbeing, life satisfaction and happiness. An overview is provided of health tourism facilities such as thermal waters, spas, retreats and wellness hotels and the various challenges inherent in managing these profitably and sustainably. Typologies are given not only of subsectors of health tourism and related activities but also of destinations, such as natural landscapes, historic townscapes or individual resources or attractions around which whole infrastructures have been developed. Attention is paid to some of the lifestyle changes that are taking place in societies which influence consumer behaviour, motivations and demand for health tourism, including government policies, regulations and ethical considerations.

This significant volume offers the reader a comprehensive synthesis of this field, conveying the latest thinking and research. The text is international in focus, encouraging dialogue across disciplinary boundaries and areas of study and will be an invaluable resource for all those with an interest in health tourism.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  History of spa tourism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  An overview of lifestyle trends and their impacts on health tourism Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Leading taste Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Between tourists Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The impact of tourist activities on tourists’ subjective wellbeing Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Finding flow during a vacation Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Healthy tourism Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Social tourism and health Download PDF
Chapter  10:  A life-course analysis of older tourists and their changing patterns of holiday behaviour Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The psychology of spa Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Journeys of the self Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Community as holistic healer on health holiday retreats Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Yoga, transformation and tourism Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The ethics of medical travel Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The environmental externalities of medical and health tourism Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Legal and ethical issues of cross-border reproductive care from an EU perspective Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The need to professionalise aestheticians Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Choosing the good hospital Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Medical hotels Download PDF
Chapter  21:  A Disney strategic approach to patient/guest services in Hospitality Bridging Healthcare (H2H) and medical tourism and wellness Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Balneology and health tourism Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Enhancing the competitiveness of a wellness tourism destination by coordinating the multiple actor collaboration Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Cross-border health tourism collaborations Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Destination and product development rested on evidence-based health tourism Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Developing a wellness destination Download PDF
Chapter  27:  ‘Places of power’: can individual ‘sacred space’ help regain orientation in a confusing world? Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Rhythmic revitalisations Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Relationships between emotion regulation seeking, programme satisfaction, attention restoration and life satisfaction Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Health tourism and health promotion at the coast Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Rural wellbeing tourism destinations Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Protected natural areas as innovative health tourism destinations Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Understanding the links between wellness and Indigenous tourism in western Canada Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Conclusion Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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