The authors: Dr. Rachel Dodds and Dr. Richard Butler have worked in the field of tourism for over 25 and 45 years. Having written many academic books and articles, they wanted something to help travellers and those wanting to travel be more responsible and sustainable.
Dr. Rachel Dodds is globally recognized as an expert in sustainable tourism. Rachel is a professor at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University). She has travelled to over 80 countries across six continents, and has seen first-hand the joys and delights of travel as well as the devastation that tourism can bring. Rachel understands the challenges that different destinations face and what we, as travellers, can do to help alleviate them. She has a young daughter, who has already travelled to over 18 countries and is developing the same love of travel that Rachel has. Rachel is passionate about trying to make the world a better place, and hopes that through the love of travel we can all become more responsible travellers.
Dr. Richard Butler has studied the field of tourism since the 1960s, is an international writer and researcher, and has published over 23 books on tourism and related topics. With his background in geography and his experience in teaching resource management and conservation, he understands the complexities of sustainable development, and environmental issues in general, particularly in the context of travel and tourism. Richard has travelled widely, often with his children and, more recently, grandchildren, and is keenly aware of the excitement and delights of travel and of introducing the next generation to new countries, and is also aware of the value (and challenges) of aiding young people to become more responsible for the world around them. In 2016 he was awarded the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Ulysses Prize “for excellence in the creation and dissemination of knowledge”. He is an emeritus professor (University of Western Ontario), now retired and living in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.
To Zoe, my daughter, you changed my life – for the better.
To Caroline, Richard, and Antonia for the joy (and grandchildren) you have brought.