Never look back? Revisiting the past

Butler, Richard (2024) Never look back? Revisiting the past. Annals of Tourism Research, 104. 103690. ISSN 0160-7383 (

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This paper reviews the arguments made in an early article in Annals of Tourism Research (Butler, 1974) and its potential implications for tourism research today. Two conclusions are drawn, one is that ignoring such early articles can lead to misinterpretations on the origin, timing, and nature of the first critical reviews of tourism, and second, that early discussions of the problems of tourism also provide a useful introduction to the often misunderstood concept of sustainable tourism in terms of the factors involved and their relationships.