1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Research

Edited By Cathy H.C. Hsu, William C Gartner Copyright 2012
    472 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    472 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Research is a compendium of some of the most relevant issues affecting tourism development today. The topics addressed in this book provide some new thinking for those involved in tourism research. This book takes the reader from the beginnings of tourism research to a discussion of emerging forms of tourism and selected examples of tourism development. The underlying theoretical dimensions are reviewed, analysed and discussed from a number of perspectives. This book brings together leading researchers, many of whom are members of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, to discuss tourism today and its future.

    The works included in this volume are diverse, in terms of geographical context, research methodology, root discipline, and perspective. This book represents studies based in Europe, North America, Oceania, and Asia. Research methodologies include both quantitative and qualitative. Both macro and micro issues are discussed from the economic, psychological, sociological, political science, marketing, and other perspectives, which reflect the interdisciplinary nature of tourism studies. 

    This book is divided into 6 sections. Section 1 considers the foundations for tourism research. Section 2 discusses the implications for destination management and section 3 discusses planning for tourism development. Section 4 covers human capital for tourism development. And finally, section 5 evaluates emerging forms of tourism and then section 6 offers insights into tourism evolution.

    It offers the reader a comprehensive synthesis of this field, conveying the latest thinking and research. The text will provide an invaluable resource for all those with an interest in tourism research. This is essential reading for students, researchers & academics of Tourism as well as those of related studies in particular Leisure, Hospitality & Development Studies.

    Part 1: Foundations for Tourism Research 1. An Outline of the History of Tourism Theory: Source Material (for Future Research) 2. Modern Mass Tourism in China: Some Theoretical Issues 3. Remodelling the Language of Tourism: From Monologue to Dialogue and Trialogue 4. Researching Tourism Distribution 5. To International Tourism: An Exploration of Issues in Five APEC Economies Part 2: Implications for Destination Management 6. Assessing the Impact of Forecast Combination on Tourism Demand Forecasting Accuracy 7. Comparative Tourism Shocks 8. Why the Public should Pay for Tourism Marketing: A Public Economics Perspective 9. The Role of Individuals in the Development and Popularisation of Tourist Destinations 10. Home away from Home: A Research Agenda for Examining the Resort Community Second Home Industry in Colorado Part 3: Planning for Tourism Development 11. Planning Sponsored Tourism Research: An Investigation about its Structure and Trend 12. Perspectives on Tourism Planning in China 13. Nurturing ‘Social License to Operate’ through Corporate-Civil Society Relationships in Tourism Destinations 14. A Consensus Building Approach for Optimizing Tourism as a Sustainable Development Strategy: The Case of the Tourism Policy Forum 15. Exploring Social Representations of Tourism: Analysing Drawings of Tourism Part 4: Human Capital for Tourism Development 16. Tourism, Migration and Human Capital: Knowledge and Skills at the Intersection of Flows 17. Reflections on the Social Construction of Skills in Hospitality: Preliminary Findings from Comparative International Studies 18. Stewardship in Family Businesses: Implications for Sustainable Tourism Part 5: Emerging Forms of Tourism 19. Entertainment Science and New Directions for Tourism Research 20. Major Trends in Contemporary Tourism 21. Resort Management Analysis: Current and Future Directions 22. Developments in Space Tourism: Current and Future Research Part 6: Insights into Tourism Evolution 23. Global Touristscapes in a Rainforest: Ecotourism in Sabah, Malaysia 24. Tourism in Postsocialist Countries of Southeastern Europe: Trends and Challenges 25. Landscape as Theme Park: Tourist Consumption and Identity of Place in Contemporary Japan under Conditions of Rapid Demographic Change 26. Interviews with Mainland Chinese Seniors on their Motivations for Leisure Travel


    Cathy H. C. Hsu is a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

    William C. Gartner is a Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, USA.