The purpose of this introductory paper is to provide a broad overview of the significance of this theme issue.
The introductory paper draws from macro data of tourism growth in various countries and highlights the rapid rate of tourism growth in many, especially developing countries. The paper ventures the possibility of an anti-tourism wave in many destinations as a result.
To prevent tourism from displacing and disrupting the lives of residents in many countries, as well as from diminishing the experience for many visitors, the rate with which tourism grows must be studied and managed.
The value of this paper is that it highlights the rate of tourism growth and not tourism growth per se as the critical factor in making tourism a positive or negative force for change in many communities.
Dioko, L.(D).A.N. (2017), "The problem of rapid tourism growth – an overview of the strategic question", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 252-259. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-02-2017-0005
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