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The issues now facing visitor attractions around the world are explored in the latest edition of a book edited by a Swansea University tourism expert.

The third edition of Managing Visitor Attractions has been fully revised and updated to include new content on increased visitor numbers, new destinations and attractions, social media, over-tourism, environmental awareness, and the experience economy.

Professor Brian Garrod, from the School of Management, said: “This new edition covers those issues relevant to the development and management of visitor attractions, as well as combining a good balance of academic and practical learning with a collection of in-depth topical case studies to help readers apply it.”

The case studies highlight topics such as new attraction development in Egypt, dark tourism in Latin America, dementia-friendly attractions, and managing sporting venues as attractions.

Now Professor Garrod and his co-editors Alan Fyall, Anna Leask and Stephen Wanhill, hope the book continues to be seen as an essential text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of visitor attraction management.

He said: “The idea for this book came to me and Alan in between sessions at an academic conference back in 2002. We knew we couldn’t do it on our own, so we quickly recruited Anna for the first edition, and as we expanded its scope for the second edition, we recruited Stephen too.

“Twenty years on, it is now in its third edition, something we never dreamed of. When the publishers asked us for a third edition we initially declined, but when we learned that adopters of this book, university academics like ourselves, really wanted a new and updated edition, we couldn’t resist. So, we really hope this meets the expectations of both educators and their students.”

Managing Visitor Attractions, Third Edition, Edited by Alan Fyall, Brian Garrod, Anna Leask and Stephen Wanhill and published by Routledge is out today.

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