17 February 2009

Tourism in the New Europe. The Challenges and Opportunities of EU Enlargement

Tourism in the New Europe. The Challenges and Opportunities of EU Enlargement

Derek Hall, Melanie Smith & Barbara Marciszweska (Eds) Wallingford, CABI, 2006

Authors: Sheela Agarwal a; Anne-Marie d'Hauteserre b
Affiliations: a Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
b Department of Geography, Tourism and Environmental Planning, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
DOI: 10.1080/14616680802236410
Publication Frequency: 4 issues per year
Published in: journal Tourism Geographies, Volume 10, Issue 3 August 2008 , pages 403 - 408
Subjects: Social Geography; Tourism & Leisure;

From May 2004 onwards, the European Union (EU) changed significantly to incorporate eight former communist states of Central and Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) and two major Mediterranean island states (Malta and Cyprus), creating profound implications for structural and geographical patterns of European tourism development. Comprising of a collection of edited chapters, this book is born out of EU enlargement. It aims to first examine in each of the new member states and accession candidates, current trends and patterns of tourism development and the impacts that EU accession is likely to create and, secondly, 'to set the tourism characteristics of individual accession and candidate countries within a wider European context' (p. xv). This is achieved through the inclusion of three types of chapters - contextual perspectives, sub-regional overviews and country discussions. Together, these provide background discussions of the new member states and their tourism characteristics and trends, evaluations of a specific tourism theme that is relevant to each country, whilst at the same time articulating the relationship between each of the countries' tourism development and EU accession processes.