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Tourism Geography in the Low Countries: Quo Vadis?

Myriam Jansen-Verbeke (Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)

Geographies of Tourism

ISBN: 978-1-78190-212-7, eISBN: 978-1-78190-261-5

ISSN: 1571-5043

Publication date: 30 December 2013


The reflections in this chapter explore the genesis of tourism geography in the Netherlands and Belgium marked by political and linguistic constraints, plus historical, political, and cultural factors, as well as the footprints of some pioneers. The dual language use of French and Dutch/Flemish has often been offered as an excuse for the low profile of the region’s universities in international knowledge networks. However, thanks to the involvement in thematic networks and a growing pressure for researchers to publish internationally in peer-reviewed journals, the research landscape in tourism has definitely changed. Geographical and spatial approaches to tourism have led to a colorful research landscape today.



Jansen-Verbeke, M. (2013), "Tourism Geography in the Low Countries: Quo Vadis?", Geographies of Tourism (Tourism Social Science Series, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 125-149.



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