Crisis and Disaster Management for Tourism Author: Brent W. Ritchie

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22 May 2009
Aspects of Tourism
Channel View Publications
234 x 156


Tourism destinations and businesses are becoming increasingly prone to the impacts of crises and disasters due to global environmental change and security risks. This is the first research based book that provides a strategic approach to understanding the nature of tourism crises and disasters before outlining tourism crisis and disaster planning, response, and longer term recovery and knowledge management strategies. It applies a wide range of theoretical perspectives and concepts to improve our understanding of both organisational crises and natural disasters. The book draws on examples from around the world including the USA, Europe, UK, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. It will be essential reading for tourism academics and students as well as tourism managers and government officials involved in tourism destination management and marketing.


Lucid, comprehensive and well-illustrated this book raises the bar in studies of disasters and crises in tourism. Richly informed with cases from around the globe and dealing with timely and topical issues, it should become a standard reference for policy-makers and practitioners, not to mention students as the tourism managers of tomorrow.

- Professor Tim Coles, University of Exeter, UK

This book is a timely analysis of crisis in a time of global crisis. Brent Ritchie has produced an extensively referenced penetrating analysis offering new insights into the management of crisis in the tourism industry. This book is a must for researchers and students engaged in crisis research.

- Bruce Prideaux, James Cook University, Australia

Author Biography:

Dr Ritchie is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Tourism at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests have focused on city and capital tourism, visitor behaviour and tourism marketing. He has also published extensively in the area of tourism crisis and disaster planning, management and recovery, in journals such as Tourism Management, the Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing and Current Issues in Tourism. He is also co-editor of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management and on the editorial board of four tourism journals including Tourism Recreation Research.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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