As the tourist industry becomes increasingly important to communities around the world, the need to develop tourism in a sustainable manner has also become a primary concern. This impressive collection of international case studies addresses this crucial issue by asking what local communities can contribute to sustainable tourism, and what sustainability can offer these local communities in return. The role of the community in environmental, cultural and economic sustainability is highlighted in an extraordinary variety of contexts, ranging from inner-city Edinburgh to rural northern Portugal and the beaches of Indonesia.

Individually, the investigations in this text present a wealth of original research and source material, while collectively, they illuminate and clarify the term 'community' - the meaning of which, it is argued, is vital to understanding how sustainable tourism development can be implemented in practice.

part |2 pages

Part 1 Community participation and identity

part |2 pages

Part 2 Sustainable tourism and the community

chapter 7|18 pages

Establishing the common ground

Tourism, ordinary places, grey-areas and environmental quality in Edinburgh, Scotland

chapter 8|16 pages

Local Agenda 21

Reclaiming community ownership in tourism or stalled process?

part |2 pages

Part 3 Developing community enterprise

chapter 11|15 pages

Gili Trawangan—from desert island to ‘marginal’ paradise

Local participation, small-scale entrepreneurs and outside investors in an Indonesian tourist destination

chapter 12|20 pages

Tourism in Friesland

A network approach

chapter 13|14 pages

Understanding community tourism entrepreneurism

Some evidence from Texas

part |2 pages

Part 4 Rural communities and tourism development