18 Best Books on Tourism

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ourism events such as the Olympics or the Tour de France attract far more visitors than students or young professionals. But, as seen in Marseilles, such events can actually ruin a city’s reputation for tourism. If tourism is the number one economic driver for many cities such as Copenhagen, London, or Vancouver, it could be a worrying trend to see cities like Marseilles suffer because of events like the Olympics or the Tour de France.

Best Books on Tourism: THE LIST

1. The Little Book of Tourists in Iceland
2. Tourism Policy and Planning
3. The Meaning of Luxury in Tourism, Hospitality & Events
4. Nature in Translation
5. Puroresu Travel
6. Sun & Sea Tourism
7. Cultural Heritage Tourism
8. Transforming Travel
9. The Business of Champagne
10. Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet
11. Tourists and Tourism
12. Access All Areas
13. The Good Company
14. Tales from the Haunted South
15. Blood on the Beach
16. History and Tourism in Chad, Culture and People
17. Research Methods for Leisure and Tourism
18. West Virginia’s Dark Tourism

1. The Little Book of Tourists in Iceland | By Alda Sigmundsdottir and Megan Herbert

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Iceland is in the midst of an unprecedented tourist boom that has brought wealth to the country, but also myriad issues and challenges. Through a series of short essays, this book provides a unique insight into the social and environmental impact that tourism is having on Iceland, and with wit and intelligence offers invaluable tips for touring safely, responsibly, and in harmony with the locals. A fascinating resource for anyone interested in contemporary Iceland, and an essential companion for all visitors to the country. Among the topics addressed in this book:• Why now? – Reasons for the tourism boom in Iceland• The impact of tourism on Iceland’s housing market, health care system, law enforcement, search and rescue operations, and more• Klondike fever in the Icelandic tourism industry• Touring Iceland and staying safe: the main dangers of travel in Iceland• Out driving: essential things to keep in mind on Iceland’s roads• What they think of us: complaints that tourists of different nationalities have about Iceland and Icelanders• What we think of them: tourist behaviours that really, seriously irk the Icelanders • Crazy stories of tourists in Iceland• The environmental footprint: depletion of natural resources, pollution, and the physical impact of tourism • Taxing tourists, or not – the endless debate• How the locals really feel about the tourist invasion • The truth about those Iceland myths: jailed bankers, refusal to bail out banks, believing in elves, incest app, promiscuity, disgusting food …… and much, much more.

2. Tourism Policy and Planning | By David L. Edgell, Maria Delmastro Allen, Ginger Smith, and Jason Swanson

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The wellspring to the future global growth in tourism is a commitment toward good policy and strategic planning. Tourism Policy and Planning: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow offers an introduction to the tourism policy process and how policies link to the strategic tourism planning function as well as influence planning at the local, national, and international level.

This third edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect the many important developments in the travel and tourism industry and subsequent new policies and present planning process issues. The third edition features:

  • A new chapter on policies regarding terrorism and its impact on tourism.
  • New and updated content on managing sustainable tourism, obstacles and barriers to international travel, and strategic tourism planning.
  • New case studies based on established and emerging markets throughout to illustrate real-life applications of planning and policy at the international, regional, national, and local level.
  • New end of chapter summary and review questions to consolidate student learning.

Accessible and up to date, Tourism Policy and Planning is essential reading for all tourism students.

3. The Meaning of Luxury in Tourism, Hospitality & Events | By John Swarbrooke

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Examines the concept of luxury and its meaning across tourism, events and hospitality globally. Packed with case studies, itâ TMs a challenging and innovative text that investigates how the idea of luxury is changing in response to a variety factors, such as social change, technological innovation and the challenge of sustainability.

4. Nature in Translation | By Shiho Satsuka

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Nature in Translation is an ethnographic exploration in the cultural politics of the translation of knowledge about nature. Shiho Satsuka follows the Japanese tour guides who lead hikes, nature walks, and sightseeing bus tours for Japanese tourists in Canada’s Banff National Park and illustrates how they aspired to become local “nature interpreters” by learning the ecological knowledge authorized by the National Park. The guides assumed the universal appeal of Canada’s magnificent nature, but their struggle in translating nature reveals that our understanding of nature—including scientific knowledge—is always shaped by the specific socio-cultural concerns of the particular historical context. These include the changing meanings of work in a neoliberal economy, as well as culturally-specific dreams of finding freedom and self-actualization in Canada’s vast nature. Drawing on nearly two years of fieldwork in Banff and a decade of conversations with the guides, Satsuka argues that knowing nature is an unending process of cultural translation, full of tensions, contradictions, and frictions. Ultimately, the translation of nature concerns what counts as human, what kind of society is envisioned, and who is included and excluded in the society as a legitimate subject.

5. Puroresu Travel | By Craig Mann

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Are you obsessed with Japanese pro wrestling? Have you ever wanted to travel to Tokyo to see your favorite puroresu stars live in action? This companion guide is designed by a puroresu fanatic for puroresu fanatics. In preparing a trip to Tokyo to witness the G-1 Climax in person I spent countless hours planning. I was often greeted with cold answers from the few English speaking fans in the know. A language barrier exists that keeps many of this fantastic information locked up. Not anymore! With PURORESU TOURISM, you will learn: – How to buy tickets to puroresu events at Korakuen Hall, The Tokyo Dome, and Ryogoku Sumo Hall! – Directions to the arenas, including an exclusive map of the Tokyo Dome area! – Learn where to eat at wrestler owned restaurants and bars! – Discover puroresu merchandise shops throughout Tokyo!

6. Sun & Sea Tourism | By Linda M. Ambrosie

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Cruise ship passengers and all-inclusive hotel-guests are increasing exponentially as these floating and fixed properties proliferate in size and number. This is especially true for developing economies that consider sun, sand and sea tourism as a form of growth. Tightly integrated, multi-billion dollar global enterprises mix with weak local institutions populated by local officials, some corrupt, vying for more investment to create a toxic cocktail with diminished social benefits as the hangover. Within view of the shoreline and the towering monoliths of hotels and ships, post-secondary education facilities teach normative concepts of good management to students who, upon graduation, fight for a decreasing number of poorly paid jobs. Meanwhile, local government officials tout vacuous GDP figures and hospitality companies make inflated claims of employment to garner federal funding for infrastructure expansion. Many observers have made similar claims that have been easily ignored to date due to an absence of studies integrating tax revenue, private and public finance, and social outcomes. This combination illustrates not only current structures, but also how they are engendered. Rather than relying on tourist satisfaction, much investment is driven by windfall profits and tax-loss carryforwards thanks to tax loopholes and willing local officials that ignore or aid in the violation of regulations. While foreign companies condemn the corruption and cronyism at destinations, local nationals decry the exploitative foreign companies. The simple truth is that they flourish symbiotically. As such, this book necessarily addresses both actors. However, rather than being simply critical or numerical, this book provides recommendations for multinational enterprises increasingly running the risk of detection of aggressive tax planning and greenwashing. For host countries, it provides recommendations of a virtuous cycle for improved public sector accountability to restore the beneficial effects of tourism. There is also a discussion on how a value-added study of the tourism industry within a jurisdiction could detect untaxed profits that are withheld through astute transfer-pricing schemes. This is a book for tourism managers and experts, as well as policy-makers in the Caribbean and any sun, sand and sea destination that attracts floating and fixed all-inclusives.

7. Cultural Heritage Tourism | By Cheryl M. Hargrove

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Every place has a story to tell, often found in historic sites or cultural traditions of the people who settled or currently live in a community, city, region or state. When these stories and places are shared with visitors, this activity becomes what is known as cultural heritage tourism. Success and sustainability in this growing industry segment requires careful planning and adequate resources. Cultural Heritage Tourism: Five Steps for Success and Sustainability provides detailed instruction through a proven five-step process to help planners, managers and community leaders attract visitors and their spending to your cultural heritage site, attraction, event or destination. Learn how to assess, plan for, develop, market, fund, manage, and measure cultural heritage for growth and sustainability. Refer to the best practices and case studies from across the country as examples for replication and reference. Use the sample documents and resource lists to jumpstart your cultural heritage tourism program, and monitor and measure the efforts. This book walks you through every step, from inception to evaluation.

8. Transforming Travel | By Jeremy Smith

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Transforming Travel combines stories from leading companies, interviews with pioneers and thinkers, along with thorough analysis of the industry’s potential to make lasting, positive change. This unique collection of case studies and stories of the most successful, inspirational, impactful and innovative travel businesses in the world offers a positive and realistic vision of the scope of tourism to promote sustainable development at a time when travel and interaction with foreign cultures is facing numerous existential challenges.

Written in a highly engaging style, Transforming Travel presents an urgent argument for transforming tourism so it might reach its potential to promote tolerance, restore communities and regenerate habitats, while providing a vital guide for anyone looking to develop the successful sustainable tourism enterprises and destinations needed to do so.

9. The Business of Champagne | By Steve Charters

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The world of champagne offers a fascinating insight into the complexity of modern business management and marketing. Champagne is at the same time a wine, a luxury product and a regional brand – it is tied to the place from which it comes, and can be made nowhere else. It therefore highlights a range of characteristics which make it interesting to the modern business world.

This is the first book to offer a complete overview of the way in which champagne as a product is organized, managed and marketed and what its future prospects are. The book covers the entire range of issues surrounding the management of the champagne industry by reviewing the current context of champagne (structural, economic and legal), the role of ‘place’ (identity and terroir and tourism), marketing the ‘myth’ of champagne (image and competitive advantage) and the management of the industry (accountability, people and the territorial brand). The book brings together leading academics and examines the champagne region from multidisciplinary perspectives.

 

Examining the champagne region provides insight into a range of management, production-management, branding and consumer-related issues and will be of interest to students, researchers and academics interested in Gastronomy, Wine Studies, Tourism, Hospitality, Marketing and Business.

10. Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet | By Megan Epler Wood

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This book helps all those involved in international tourism develop the new skills, tools and investments required to protect irreplaceable global resources from the impacts of escalating tourism demand over the next 50 years. It documents how technology and the growing global middle class are driving a travel revolution which requires a new paradigm in managing tourism destinations. Travel and tourism supply chains and business models for hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines and airports are analysed and environmental management techniques are proposed for each sector. A pragmatic set of solutions are offered to support the transition to lower impact tourism development worldwide.

It recommends that decision makers assess the current and future value of natural, social, and cultural capital to guide investment in destinations and protect vital resources. Case studies illustrate why budgets to protect local destinations are consistently underestimated and offer guidance on new metrics. Innovative approaches are proposed to support the transition to green infrastructure, protect incomparable landscapes, and engage local people in the monitoring of vital indicators to protect local resources.

It provides students, professionals, and policy makers with far-reaching recommendations for new educational programs, professional expertise, financing, and legal frameworks to lower tourism’s rapidly escalating carbon impacts and protect the health and well-being of local populations, ecosystems, cultures, and monuments worldwide.  

11. Tourists and Tourism | By Sharon Bohn Gmelch and Adam Kaul

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Like earlier editions, the Third Edition of Tourists and Tourism is organized for use in the classroom. While several classic and popular articles from the second edition have been retained, three-quarters are new and cover important areas in tourism studies such as dark tourism, medical tourism, nonvisual sensory experiences of tourism, and tourism as performance. Several address issues that directly relate to the student experience, including study abroad, service learning, social media, and the ethics of travel.

Articles vary in length and style; some provide deeper context, while others are designed to spark debate in the classroom. Finally, an introduction to the use of film in teaching about tourism and a link to an important film resource are provided.

12. Access All Areas | By Ninjalicious

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A comprehensive guidebook to urban exploration, a thrilling, mind-expanding hobby that encourages our natural instincts to explore and play in our own environment. Includes everything you need to begin exploring little-known urban spaces like abandoned buildings, rooftops, construction sites, drains, transit and utility tunnels and more. Features chapters on

* training

* recruiting

* preparation

* equipping

* social engineering

and other subjects important to the successful urban explorer.

13. The Good Company | By Robert Girling, Heather Gordy, and Pamela Lanier

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In THE GOOD COMPANY, Business Professor Robert Girling shares 18 inspiring case studies of new as well as established companies and social enterprises from around the world that are making our planet better by meeting human needs of their employees, suppliers and customers. The companies in the book meet the environmental challenge by developing sustainable technologies and production systems. Professor Girling states why we need companies to restore our communities, repair our ecosystems, and provide meaningful work. In plain language, the author explores the nature of companies in today’s economy, why we need a new type of corporation, and the organizations leading the movement toward change. THE GOOD COMPANY has good news: there are a growing number of companies—good companies— that are healing the world by giving back to the community and introducing planet-saving innovations. And here’s the bottom line Good Companies are profitable. By reading this book you will learn about how companies like Clif Bar, Triodos Bank, Natura Cosmeticos, Google, Give Something Back and many more do what is right. The author helps you ponder—and begin to answer—the question: “What can I do to join the march to address the world’s social and environmental challenges?” In the concluding chapter, the author points to the proven keys you need to start a good company. By keeping chapters short the author allows the reader to browse and select the topics and stories of greatest interest. Each chapter is self-contained, providing a range of insights as well as inspiration and a certainty that there is hope for the future.

14. Tales from the Haunted South | By Tiya Miles

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In this book Tiya Miles explores the popular yet troubling phenomenon of ghost tours, frequently promoted and experienced at plantations, urban manor homes, and cemeteries throughout the South. As a staple of the tours, guides entertain paying customers by routinely relying on stories of enslaved black specters. But who are these ghosts? Examining popular sites and stories from these tours, Miles shows that haunted tales routinely appropriate and skew African American history to produce representations of slavery for commercial gain. Dark tourism often highlights the most sensationalist and macabre aspects of slavery, from salacious sexual ties between white masters and black women slaves to the physical abuse and torture of black bodies to the supposedly exotic nature of African spiritual practices. Because the realities of slavery are largely absent from these tours, Miles reveals how they continue to feed problematic Old South narratives and erase the hard truths of the Civil War era. In an incisive and engaging work, Miles uses these troubling cases to shine light on how we feel about the Civil War and race, and how the ghosts of the past are still with us.

15. Blood on the Beach | By Vorawan Kanlayanasukho and Patrice Veuthey

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Political acts of violence in tourist destinations, such as the attacks in Paris, Ankara and Sousse, have a disastrous and long-lasting effect on local people and businesses, to say nothing of the tourists themselves. In these days of instant communication, the effect is all the more dramatic and farreaching, as even reputedly safe destinations are under threat. Based on a PhD research on managing the impact of political crises on tourism, this book offers a simplified and practical application of the management framework developed in the thesis. The book includes enlightening extracts from in-depth interviews with a wide range of tourism professionals and reveals a fascinating picture of the true impact of political crises and terrorism on the tourism industry and the tourists. Blood on the Beachwill be of great value to all those involved in the tourism industry around the world.

16. History and Tourism in Chad, Culture and People | By Sampson Jerry, Anderson Jones, Morgan Kumana, and Simion Tinge

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Country Profile: Chad, Culture, Tourism If Chad is the bump in the road, it’s not always an unpleasant one. The long and mostly empty roads in its rugged north and west are dotted with farm-style farmhouses, some dug into the rocky hillsides. Sometimes at the top, above the wooden gatehouse, someone will linger for a long while to chat. Chad’s unsteady record of economic growth is not uncommon for the francophone west. In neighboring Nigeria and Cameroon, the economies of once rich and lively regions are now sinking. That’s partly due to the tremendous growth in tourism that began in Chad in 2008. Since then, hotels have sprouted in virtually every town. In Baga, in northern Chad, they have become commonplace. That means people need employees to do almost all of the labor.

17. Research Methods for Leisure and Tourism | By A.J. Veal

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Many a Canadian traveller to Europe has gone to so much as knock on a door, then turned away, believing that all we needed was a quick call, even a hotel booking, to resolve any confusion about holiday arrangements. In many respects, that is precisely what we do need to do. The majority of European tourists prefer to avoid even the possibility of loss or damage, so when things go wrong and are not to our liking, they look to find someone to blame. The obligation to offer assistance to the bewildered Canadian is virtually non-existent. Without any prior planning, the holidaymaker often has only a limited amount of time to purchase necessary goods for a holiday, which can be stressful. Yet, it is in the tourist’s own interest to be good tourists and know all he or she can about his destination, even before departure. Many people are keen to know about specific aspects of life in a particular destination before their arrival.

18. West Virginia’s Dark Tourism | By Tony Urban

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West Virginia is famous for its mountains, nature, and scenery, but it’s also a treasure trove for tourists who prefer to visit history’s darker and stranger side. Hitch along with the author as he visits over 60 West Virginia strange and spooky landmarks, including the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and haunted Moundsville State Prison. Learn about Charles Manson’s childhood hometown, the “Hillbilly Black Dahlia,” and serial killer Harry Powers, whose story inspired Night of the Hunter. Haunted houses, colleges, and cemeteries, otherworldly alien encounters, cursed amusement parks, and more are explored in detail. You’ll even discover Bat Boy’s cave, Sasquatch’s hideouts, werewolf country, and read about the time Teddy Roosevelt went monster hunting. Each location is complete with visitor information and a bounty of odd history.

Final Thoughts on the Best Books on Tourism

All over the world, there are new business ideas. Some are born of innovation, passion, hardship, and clear economic benefits. Business innovation has been happening throughout history and is now seen as one of the most important pillars of national competitiveness.

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, successful startups generate half of all new jobs worldwide, consume 40 percent of the local labor force, and bring down a quarter of the national economic growth rate. Entrepreneurship, by contrast, makes up less than 10 percent of the workforce, yet it accounts for up to half of jobs and 30 percent of the economic growth rate. It also leads to both the creation and export of highly-skilled and low-skilled knowledge workers to the world. Tourism is a good example of entrepreneurship in action. One can find many entrepreneurial projects that combine tourism with creativity, knowledge, technology and creativity.

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