chapter  2
Theoretical perspectives on tourism development
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This chapter focuses on the development of tourism destinations and in particular is concerned with major theories in tourism that assist with our understanding of how destinations have emerged, grown and in some cases declined. A major geographical focus of tourism planning and management is tourism destinations. The development of tourism destinations: important theoretical perspectives one of the earliest writers to consider the development of tourism destinations was Winston S. Churchill, who was a German geographer and planner. Christaller’s ideas were particularly influential on some later theorists of tourism planning and management. The involvement of locals in tourism destinations changes over time. New cycles involving new tourist destinations will occur. The German geographer Christaller suggested a process in which tourism enclaves can develop. Members of the local community move into accommodation and food provision. Meanwhile the 'real' painters/artists move on and only those with commercial interests to sell to increasing numbers of tourists remain.