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Key Concepts in Tourist Studies

Key Concepts in Tourist Studies

March 2010 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.

Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism containing concise and authoritative entries on:

  • Planning Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Festivals and Events
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Economics of Tourism
  • Regeneration
  • The Experience Economy
  • Urban Tourism
  • Sex Tourism

Meeting the needs of the modern student, the book offers the basic materials, tools and guidance for making sense of tourism and gaining the best results in essays and exams.

Anthropology of Tourism
Arts Tourism
Business Tourism
Crisis Management
Cultural Tourism
Dark Tourism
Destination Management
Economics of Tourism
Ethical Tourism
Festivals and Events Tourism
Film and TV Tourism
Gastronomic Tourism
Gay Tourism
Geography of Tourism
Health and Wellness Tourism
Heritage Tourism
Indigenous Tourism
Literary Tourism
Mature Tourism
Planning Tourism
Religious and Spiritual Tourism
Rural Tourism
Self and Other
Sex Tourism
Sociology of Tourism
Special Interest Tourism
Sports and Adventure Tourism
Sustainable Tourism
Tourist Gaze
Urban Tourism

The current tourism textbook market is saturated with books that conform to an outdated mode… this book presents a fresh look at tourism topics exploring emerging markets, new niches, and alternative development models from using a local-to-global framework. As such the book will more accurately portray the content and context of global tourism. The project has great potential to be considered the first 21st century tourism textbook
Rich Harril
International Tourism Research Institute, University of South Carolina

For the growing number of students and researchers engaging with tourism, this book provides an excellent entry point to the major concepts which help frame our understanding of this global and multi-layered phenomenon. This compact book provides a valuable service in introducing the diversity of concepts we need in tourism studies
Mike Robinson
Director, Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University

The book is an excellent introduction to the fundamental concepts of tourist studies. I appreciate the emphasis on sociological and critical concepts, which I believe are enriching for management students.

Dr Michal Šimůnek
Management, University of Economics, Prague
January 17, 2024

Change of course material and resources no longer warrants this book as being a requirement of the indicative reading list

Mrs susan mckinnon
The Adams Building, New College Nottingham
September 23, 2020

This book is an excellent resource for studies, post-grads and researchers as it covers the most important concepts in tourism studies. The sections are concluded with recommended reading which helps the reader engage with different theories and concepts.

Mr Emmet McLoughlin
Marketing Department , Leisure and Tourism, Sligo Institute of Technology
March 3, 2016

Highly recommended reading!

Dr Claudia Sima
Dept of Tourism & Leisure Management, University of Central Lancashire
November 30, 2015

The book is an excellent resource for students at the beginning of their academic journey. It can be used as a dictionary as it gives a clear and straight to the point explanation of the most terms any travel and tourism student needs to be aware of. The topics are informative but concise, it is easy to pick some of them and explain them in class.

Mr Nikola Naumov
Travel & Tourism, UK College of Business & Computing
September 28, 2015

The text essentially x-rayed basic issues in understanding tourism. Well articulated text, I highly recommend this for undergraduate tourism students.

Mrs Chidinma Oguamanam
Dept. of Archaeology and Tourism, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
June 10, 2014

Suitable support material for learners giving a concise reference guide to key topics

Mrs Moragh Canney
Hospitality and Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
January 7, 2013

Wide range of topics covered and the short introductory chapters provide the background basics. The economics chapter could have more up to date statistics and the reprint could have taken the opportunity for an update on newer publications for the further reading and recommended books section in each chapter. However, an easy to use book which students will use for initial background into the different topics.

Ms Luane Quigley
Hospitality, Tourism & Sport, North West Regional College
November 1, 2012

Clear and straight to the point book that I have enjoyed using over the first term when it was used.
Unit where book is used is an introductory unit for the degree and is thus giving many students a foundation understanding of the topic.
The topics are short and informative - thus easy to build a lecture around a set of them each.
The students (who do not have English as their mother-tongue) have found the book understandable a pleasantly free of jargon.

Dr Johan Edelheim
Multidimensional Tourism Institute, University of Lapland
October 9, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One

Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith (PhD) is a Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Tourism and Catering at the Budapest Metropolitan University of Applied Sciences in Budapest where she specialises in cultural tourism and health tourism.  More About Author

Nicola MacLeod

Nikki Macleod has more than 15 years’ experience of teaching tourism at University of Greenwich and the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University) and is a registered practitioner of the Higher Education Academy. During this period she has taught extensively, contributed to the development of new programmes and undertaken research. She is an External Examiner for Oxford Brookes University and the University of East London. More About Author

Margaret Hart Robertson

Margaret Hart Robinson is currently teaching Tourism Studies at the University of Las Palmas, Spain.  More About Author

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