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Tourism Policy Topic of Book

East Carolina University tourism experts co-authored a textbook designed for students and strategists of tourism and tourism policy.

David L. Edgell, Sr., tourism professor and director of the College of Human Ecology’s Institute for Tourism, and Maria DelMastro Allen of the North Carolina Center for Sustainable Tourism, wrote “Tourism Policy and Planning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (2007, Elsevier, Inc) in October.

The book examines the future of tourism policy development and present conceptual tools to equip students and professionals to make their own contribution to future policies, said Edgell.

“We discuss the worldwide importance of tourism and the impact of tourism on people, the environment, and the world economy,” said Edgell. “It discusses tourism policies of the past (in the U.S. and abroad), and it elaborates on the crucial implications for future policies. Each chapter of the book includes a full case study, conclusions, and references.”

In addition to Edgell and Allen, co-authors include Ginger Smith of New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; and Jason R. Swanson, consultant and executive director, Tourism Development Specialists, Inc., of Atlanta.

This page originally appeared in the October 26, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at