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“Tourism, water, and gender”—An international review of an unexplored nexus


Cole, SKG and Mullor, EC and Ma, Y and Sandang, Y, 'Tourism, water, and gender' An international review of an unexplored nexus, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Water pp. 1-16. ISSN 2049-1948 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/wat2.1442


This international literature review of the tourism–water nexus identifies a gender gap. Tourism development can affect water supply both quantitatively and qualitatively. Many regions will face considerable problems of water availability and quality, affecting their tourism sector and increasing competition with local residents, and other industries especially agriculture. This international review of literature explores the tourism–water nexus, comparing and contrasting literature published in English, Chinese, and Spanish. Securing access to safe water for continued tourism development is a common theme and the vast majority of work has focused on hotels including water pricing, water-saving practices and innovative management methods. In all continents, struggles are apparent, and the unsustainability of tourism is having impacts on water quantity and quality. This article identifies significant gaps in the literature including climate change, the energy-water nexus, and the links with the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, studies from a gendered perspective are minimal and the potential for areas of further gendered studies within the tourism–water nexus are highlighted including intersectionality, water insecurity and sanitation, tourism and gender based violence, and additional unpaid care work.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:water, gender, tourism, sustainability, international review
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Impacts of tourism
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable commercial services and tourism
Objective Field:Management of water consumption by commercial services and tourism
UTAS Author:Ma, Y (Dr Yue Ma)
ID Code:140111
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2020-07-28
Last Modified:2021-03-12
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