The application of geographical information systems (GIS) in sustainable tourism planning: a review

Bahaire, Tim and Elliott-White, Martin (1999) The application of geographical information systems (GIS) in sustainable tourism planning: a review. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 7 (2). pp. 159-174. ISSN 0966-9582


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Decision-making in tourism development and planning is becoming increasingly complex as organisations and communities have to come to terms with the competing economic, social and environmental demands of sustainable development. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) can be regarded as providing a tool box of techniques and technologies of wide applicability to the achievement of sustainable tourism development. Spatial (environmental) data can be used to explore conflicts, examine impacts and assist decision-making. Impact assessment and simulation are increasingly important in tourism development, and GIS can play a role in auditing environmental conditions, examining the suitability of locations for proposed developments, identifying conflicting interests and modelling relationships. Systematic evaluation of environmental impact is often hindered by information deficiencies but also tools for data integration, manipulation, visualisation and analysis. GIS seems particularly suited to this task. This paper examines the progress tourism related organisations are making towards the utilisation of GIS and its integration with the principles of sustainable development in the UK.

Additional Information:Published online: 29 March 2010
Keywords:GIS, Tourism Planning
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:23178
Deposited On:24 Jun 2016 10:43

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