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Volcano and Geothermal Tourism: Sustainable Geo-Resources for Leisure and Recreation (repost)

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Volcano and Geothermal Tourism: Sustainable Geo-Resources for Leisure and Recreation (repost)

Volcano and Geothermal Tourism: Sustainable Geo-Resources for Leisure and Recreation by Patricia Erfurt Cooper, Malcolm Cooper
English | 2010 | ISBN: 1844078701 | 276 pages | PDF | 9,5 MB

For most people it may come as a surprise that there are over 1300 active volcanoes worldwide and many more dormant or extinct. While not all of them can be reached this still means an abundance of destinations for people with an interest in volcanic and geothermal environments. Some are developed as tourist destinations; others are not, but have great potential. The diversity of complementary landscape features also makes volcanic and geothermal landforms very attractive to a broad spectrum of visitors. Visiting active volcanic and geothermal environments is not new. This form of tourism was included in the 'Grand Tour' undertaken by many affluent Europeans several centuries ago in order to broaden their horizons. The geothermal regions of Italy, Greece and Iceland are well documented as prime destinations of this era. Today Mount Fuji in Japan attracts over 100 million visitors per year and has immense cultural and spiritual significance, while a number of volcanic areas in national parks, for example Teide in Spain, Yellowstone in the US, Vesuvius in Italy and Tongariro in New Zealand, attract between one to four million tourists each year. In the last decade the designation of nearly 50 geoparks around the world has highlighted their potential for tourism development.

This book provides the first global review and assessment of the sustainable use of active and dormant volcanic and geothermal environments for geotourism. The volcano-based tourism sector is further augmented through a closely linked range of geothermal resources and attractions, such as geysers and hot springs, which are discussed in detail throughout individual chapters covering all key volcanic and geothermal regions around the world. It is shown that volcano and geothermal tourism is a subsection of nature-based geotourism and incorporates a variety of other tourism categories such as adventure tourism, extreme tourism, ecotourism, green tourism, educational tourism, and hot spring tourism. In many of these forms of tourism risk management is neglected as there are no international guidelines for visitor safety and prevention of accidents. It is therefore timely to offer a comprehensive book which covers the most important issues of this growing tourism sector and reflects relevant global research as well as recommendations for international safety guidelines and sustainable management.