History of Volcano Tourism
Several centuries ago the European 'Grand Tour' would not have been complete without a visit to Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Iceland's volcanic and geothermal attractions have attracted tourists at least since the 18th century and Greek and Turkish volcanic environments have been well known destinations for a long time as well. Japan's volcanoes, especially Mount Fuji, have drawn visitors for cultural and religious reasons as well as for their outstanding landscape features, and most importantly, for the thousands of hot springs in the vicinity of most volcanoes.
Volcanoes in the Literature
Many books can be found with the title 'Volcanoes' - the majority are aimed at readers who want to know more about these special environments and have prior knowledge which helps understanding the more complex issues of active volcanism.
Other books are aimed at the general public, containing information about different volcanoes and their related landforms with basic introductions to the various types of volcanic activity. Some of them offer advice on safety issues when travelling in active environments, but are quite often focused on a particular region.
Example: Japan and New Zealand use their volcanic and geothermal features to promote tourism in these areas. Whether it is a 'geothermal wonderland' or the 'spectacular nature' or a 'volcano museum' - the attraction of these unique landforms and associated features and services is well integrated in destination marketing.