The authors provide a basic geographic overview of the world and each major geographic region, providing insights about the geographic character of specific regions to show how they establish a setting for tourism.
This textbook is designed to introduce readers to the geographic characteristics of our interconnected world at the end of the twentieth century.... The content of [this book] is designed to acquaint readers with the basic geographic facts and resulting relationships that contribute to the uniqueness of major world regions.... The text [first] deals with basic concepts: the contrast between rich and poor, the character and challenge of physical environments, human populations and their growth, and regional variations in economic systems. [It then] examines the regions with a high standard of living and quality of life. These are highly industrialized nations of Europe, Anglo-America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the countries created from the Soviet Union. [Finally it] deals with those regions that have been variously referred to, collectively, as the Third World, the Developing World, the less industrialized world, or even sometimes the region of underdevelopment. -Pref.
Cultural Geography emphasizes the nature of the human/environment relationship as it varies over time and across space. This text is organized around five main themes: culture, cultural history, cultural ecology, cultural landscape, and cultural regions. All five themes are discussed in each chapter. An abundance of maps, charts, and photographs can be found throughout.
Produced in partnership with the National Geographic Society, this remarkable book helps you master the basic tenets of world geography while exploring established and emerging tourist destinations worldwide. The book begins with an overview of geographic concepts and an introduction to the global tourism industry, including the perspective of both hosts and guests. World destinations are covered in twelve sections divided into short, easy-to-digest chapters, each presenting regional geographic information and physical, cultural, and touristic details specific to individual countries and locations. Each destination features a flag, National Geographic map, descriptive introduction from the N...