chapter  2
Theoretical perspectives on tourism development
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A major geographical focus of tourism planning and management is tourism destinations and later in the book, Chapter 14 focuses on destination management. It is in destinations that tourists encounter and interact with the local community and the local environment. This interaction leads to impacts on the local population, the environment and also on the tourists themselves. As will be discussed in later chapters, these impacts can be benefi cial in relation to, for example, the local economy. However, the encounter between tourists and the destination they are visiting can also lead to, for example, damage to the local environment. It is in relation to these impacts that much tourism planning and management is targeted. Subsequent chapters investigate these impacts. However, it is fi rst necessary to understand how tourism destinations have emerged.