The Global Pleasure Periphery 35 Years Later: Evolving Regional Contours
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In 1975 Turner and Ash famously described the emergence of the 'pleasure periphery' in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South Pacific as a manifestation of the worldwide diffusion of mass tourism. Although frequently cited, few studies have subsequently investigated the evolving characteristics of this new leisure-based macro-region, despite the clear implications of its emergence for the economic, environmental and socio-cultural development of the affected areas, and lesser developed countries and territories in particular. This paper revisits the global pleasure periphery of 2010 with the intention of analysing its salient characteristics as a dynamic and rapidly evolving macro-region. Spatial analysis of the more than 200 'tourism cities' and 60 SISODs (small island states or dependencies) which comprise the heart of the pleasure periphery is undertaken, assisted by GIS and involving unit classification and agglomeration, and relationships with adjacent hinterlands as well as origin regions and competitor sub-regions. A major goal is to describe the overall spatial parameters of the pleasure periphery including its attendant sub-regions, areas of expansion (and contraction), and salient sustainability-related issues and challenges such as adaptation to climate change, product maturation/rejuvenation, and urban/exurban sprawl.
The Global Pleasure Periphery 35 Years Later: Evolving Regional Contours.
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