Tourism and Transport: Modes, Networks and Flows
I liked this book and I have little doubt that it will feature in the reading lists for a variety of undergraduate courses. Very simply, the book aims &ldquo,to map the key elements that comprise the complex relationship between transport and tourism",. The reader is guided through an examination of topics such as: , The various modes and types of transport available, The form and extent of transport networks, The regulatory environments that dictate transport flows on an international scale, Future trends in Tourism and Transport. I particularly liked Chapter 3's treatment of transport networks and it was interesting to see traditional connectivity and accessibility measures being applied to contemporary routes. Case studies such as the comparison of Nok Air and jetstar Asia 's route networks show quite clearly the types of investigation that could be attempted as a research assignment. Inventive tutors will be able to design a variety of teaching and learning exercises based on this Chapter. I was immediately reminded of dissertations evaluating the use of the Gravity Model in predicting levels of spatial interaction and the use of the Shimbel Index to explain why networks with the same level of connectivity can have different levels of accessibility. The book will be of use to any student interested in the ways that destinations (and the transport networks which serve them) develop over time. Furthermore, it provides the reader with a perspective to view current transport developments such as the ?,16bn Crossrail scheme to build a railway link through the centre of London . At present plans for the link extend from Essex in the east, through central London, to Maidenhead in Berkshire. Why, and with what consequences, might it be extended to Reading?