Sustainability is one of the most important issues currently facing the tourism sector. Recently, the role of resilience thinking has been highlighted in sustainable development discussions as an alternative perspective. This book approaches these concepts as interwoven processes and looks at change through a socioecological lens.

Instead of seeing resilience and sustainability as alternative approaches, Resilient Destinations and Tourism argues that resilience should be understood as a fundamental part of sustainable tourism thinking for destination systems, and calls for better governance in implementation and management. Improving governance is the key issue in sustainable tourism development. The chapters in this edited collection focus on resilient destinations from a governance perspective, in which tourism resilience is contextualized as an integral part of pathway creation in the process of moving towards sustainable tourism. The contributions to the book represent a range of theoretical and empirical approaches with a wide international scope. Resilient Destinations and Tourism calls for rethinking the meaning of sustainable development in tourism and looks at how sustainability and resilience could be integrated.

This book will appeal to a wide range of research disciplines and students whose modules focus on the relationship between tourism and sustainability planning, governance, the environment, and hazards and disasters.

part 1Part I|12 pages


chapter 1|10 pages


Placing resilience in the sustainability frame
ByJarkko Saarinen, Alison M. Gill

part 13Part II|74 pages

Frameworks and conceptualizations

chapter 2|19 pages

Tourism, resilience, and governance strategies in the transition towards sustainability

ByJarkko Saarinen, Alison M. Gill

chapter 3|14 pages

Resilience theory and tourism

ByC. Michael Hall

chapter 4|19 pages

Governance, tourism, and resilience

A long way to go?
ByDianne Dredge

chapter 5|10 pages

Co-evolution and resilient regions

Moving towards sustainable tourism development
ByPatrick Brouder, Jarkko Saarinen

chapter 6|10 pages

The mobilities paradigm, resilience, and sustainable tourism

ByKevin Hannam

part 87Part III|100 pages

Applications and cases

chapter 8|15 pages

Post-disaster recovery, tourism, and heritage conservation

Insights from the impacts of Nepal’s 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu Valley
BySanjay K. Nepal, Bishnu Devkota

chapter 9|14 pages

Working towards resilience

Collective agency in a tourism destination in the Swiss Alps
ByTina Haisch

chapter 10|18 pages

Resort retail resilience

The contested spaces of retailing in Whistler, Canada
BySarah Wongkee, Alison M. Gill

chapter 11|18 pages

Examining social–ecological resilience

Using content analysis to assess changes in public perceptions of the synergetic interactions between tourism development and landscape protection
ByJasper Heslinga, Peter Groote, Frank Vanclay

chapter 12|16 pages

Revitalizing the nation

Building resilience through ecotourism in Okinawa, Japan
BySayaka Sakuma

part 187Part IV|10 pages


chapter 13|8 pages


Challenges and opportunities in the transition towards sustainability
ByAlison M. Gill, Jarkko Saarinen