Geotourism: a perspective from the USA

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Geotourism is a new term for a relatively old idea, and as such there still remain conflicting definitions. On the one hand, the relatively broad definition ‘Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of the place being visited its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and well-being of its residents’ encompasses a large range of activities, and the ‘geo’ part of the definition refers to geography (Stueve et al., 2002). On the other hand, the geologist's definition of geotourism is ‘Tourism in geological landscapes’, as coined by the Geological Curator's Group and the Geoconservation Commission of the Geological Society (London), where the ‘geo’ clearly refers to geology (Robinson, 1998. The National Geographic Traveler and the Travel Industry Association of America performed a survey of potential vacationers in 2003, and found that some 55 million Americans were willing to make an extra effort to partake in geotourism and were thus classified as geotourists, with various subcategories depending upon interest (Stueve et al., 2002). Therefore, geotourism in any form is a very popular idea.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationGeotourism
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781136400957
ISBN (Print)9780750662154
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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