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Edgell Writes on Tourism

By Peggy Novotny

In his new book, Managing Sustainable Tourism: A Legacy for the Future (The Haworth Press, Inc., 2006), ECU’s David L. Edgell relates that global tourism provides more than 222 million jobs worldwide. Edgell believes responsibly managed “sustainable tourism” is vital to quality tourism products and programs in the future.

He said “increasingly tourists are expressing a desire for a clean environment, nature tourism, ecotourism, adventurous activities, and more culture, heritage, history, arts, and rural settings.”

Edgell provides best practices guidelines for sustainable tourism development and reinforces his precepts for successful tourism endeavors. While he suggests there is no single model that has universal applications, because of the different circumstances encountered in sustainable tourism development, there are criteria that have broad applications. His case studies provide examples of positive progress in attempting to manage sustainable tourism in specific situations.

Edgell has worked on tourism projects in different locations throughout the world, including many locales in his adopted home state of North Carolina. His research reveals that sustainable tourism strategies can increase the economic development of local communities in North Carolina. The book offers a foundation for communities to realize increased revenues, create new jobs, benefit from a diverse economy, add new products, generate additional income, spawn new businesses, and contribute to overall economic integration while enriching public and private sector partnerships and improving local quality of life.

Within two weeks of the book announcement, several universities have already planned to use this new book in their tourism courses, including ECU, NCSU, the College of Charleston, George Washington University, Florida International University, and the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain).

Edgell is professor and director of the Institute for Tourism at ECU. He will discuss his book and answer questions at Barnes and Noble in Greenville, at 7 p.m. on May 4.

This page originally appeared in the April 17, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/archives.cfm.