Book reviews

Tourism Society's Dictionary for the Tourism Industry

The Tourism Society, the UK's leading membership organisation for all sectors of the tourism industry, has launched the latest edition of the 'Dictionary for the Tourism Industry', edited by Verite Reily Collins and published by CABI.

Managing Visitor Attractions: new directions 2nd edition

This book, first published in 2003, became a standard as the collection of articles gathered by Fyall, Garrod and Leask set out to help attractions of all kinds and sizes build their businesses by understanding how to cope with the variables and vagaries of the tourism industry and survive through the 21st century. This second edition, with new co-editor Wanhill, offers a similar mix of insights from authoritative contributors drawn from leading universities and practitioners across the world, demonstrating a truly global perspective.

Sport, Recreation & Tourism Event Management

This book has a distinctive North American bias, not surprising when the authors are both academics at Brock University , Ontario . Those seeking a text book on tourist event management will find that the text predominately covers sports events, although tourist events are also given some cover. A number of examples given are on the Olympic Games, which indicates the level of event at which that the authors have aimed. The theories in the findings could be applied to smaller events, but it is unlikely that those organisers of small scale events will get much practical advice from the book.

Destination Marketing: an integrated marketing communication approach

There is no doubting the importance of effective marketing in today's increasingly competitive tourism world, an importance reinforced by the present difficult economic climate. Steven Pike makes the case for marketing cogently and convincingly in a book which, in addition to setting the contexts for marketing, gives clear practical advice from strategy to image, positioning to distribution and public relations to disaster management. The appeal of the book to a wide audience will lie in the two strands that provide the basis of Pike's approach.

Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea

This text is one in a series entitled The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms, and must be judged in that light. The content is essentially a macro-economic study of the influence of the cruise business on global economies, and it deals in particular with ways in which leading cruise lines, operating under flags of convenience, maximise profits by exploiting their economic strengths, both in negotiations with developing countries' ports of call and in recruiting staff from the international labour market.

Tourism Society's Dictionary for the Tourism Industry

The Tourism Society, the UK's leading membership organisation for all sectors of the tourism industry, has launched the latest edition of the 'Dictionary for the Tourism Industry', edited by Verite Reily Collins and published by CABI. The dictionary includes an overview of industry terminology, explanations of industry specific terms, useful travel related facts on over 130 countries, practical words and idioms for guides and tour managers and airline and airport codings.

Managing Visitor Attractions: new directions 2nd edition

This book, first published in 2003, became a standard as the collection of articles gathered by Fyall, Garrod and Leask set out to help attractions of all kinds and sizes build their businesses by understanding how to cope with the variables and vagaries of the tourism industry and survive through the 21st century. This second edition, with new co-editor Wanhill, offers a similar mix of insights from authoritative contributors drawn from leading universities and practitioners across the world, demonstrating a truly global perspective.

Sport, Recreation & Tourism Event Management

This book has a distinctive North American bias, not surprising when the authors are both academics at Brock University , Ontario . Those seeking a text book on tourist event management will find that the text predominately covers sports events, although tourist events are also given some cover. A number of examples given are on the Olympic Games, which indicates the level of event at which that the authors have aimed. The theories in the findings could be applied to smaller events, but it is unlikely that those organisers of small scale events will get much practical advice from the book.

Destination Marketing: an integrated marketing communication approach

There is no doubting the importance of effective marketing in today's increasingly competitive tourism world, an importance reinforced by the present difficult economic climate. Steven Pike makes the case for marketing cogently and convincingly in a book which, in addition to setting the contexts for marketing, gives clear practical advice from strategy to image, positioning to distribution and public relations to disaster management. The appeal of the book to a wide audience will lie in the two strands that provide the basis of Pike's approach.

Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea

This text is one in a series entitled The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms, and must be judged in that light. The content is essentially a macro-economic study of the influence of the cruise business on global economies, and it deals in particular with ways in which leading cruise lines, operating under flags of convenience, maximise profits by exploiting their economic strengths, both in negotiations with developing countries' ports of call and in recruiting staff from the international labour market.

Youth Travel Matters

Youth travel, as all commercial operators are aware, has been increasing and strengthening substantially in recent years. It was always unfortunate that several authorities, including UNWTO, down played its significance for so long (in spite of robust research in Australia and Switzerland that gave emphasis to its importance), and dismissed such travellers as low budget back-packers. It is good to see that UNWTO has now supported this very timely report so as to highlight some of the very important statistical evidence which champions a change of attitude.

Free Time and Leisure Participation

This easy to read volume explores how we use our leisure time. Apart from the opening and closing chapters the book takes a country, country perspective a delivers a clear and comprehensive mini case study. The countries covered (all developed world) are dealt with in alphabetical order and are written in most parts by a local author. The depth of coverage varies considerably, but each has up-to-date supporting data in the form of easy to read tables and graphs. Great Britain is covered in 18 pages, Russia in 12, whilst Hong Kong gets a surprising 13 in comparison.

Mediterranean Islands

Scepticism was alive and well when this book landed on my desk. It had all the appearance of a bloated gazetteer. Ironically it arrived the same day as a friend sent me a copy of the 1966 Illustrated Road Book of Ireland (published by the AA) and one was initially tempted to spend more time looking at the hand-bound Irish manual. However, as an unashamed enthusiast for Croatia it was impossible to resist going straight to Mediterranean Islands and to page 179 to see what had been written about my favourite Adriatic Island - Rab.

Travel Medicine: tales behind the science

I found this book to be clearly laid out and the fact that it is split into 9 sections, each containing between one and ten articles, makes it easy to dip into. However, this approach tends to make the book rather fragmented and so it is difficult to see and appreciate the claim that it provides an &ldquo,overview how diseases have spread worldwide&rdquo,. The book does offer a variety of viewpoints, which is quite in keeping with the reference to &lsquo,Tales' in the title but I found some sections to be of limited interest.

Asian Tourism: Growth and Change

Asian Tourism: Growth and Change is one of the outcomes of the Leeds Met 2006 European Conference on tourism in Asia . An impressive list of contributors brings much experience and many innovative approaches to its 31 chapters (14 written or co-authored by Asian researchers) based on conference papers, case studies and additional research. All have provided an understanding of the changes, influences and impacts taking place in Asian tourism. It will be welcomed by a wide audience in industry and academia. Asian Tourism: Growth and Change is presented in three parts,

Understanding the Global Spa Industry

This is an extremely comprehensive book covering certain aspects of the global spa industry, probably everything students are required to know about spas for course work. There is a useful and comprehensive index, short biographies of the contributors, list of figures and list of tables.

Contemporary Tourism: an international approach

This latest text from two of the most prolific, world-renown authors in the rapidly expanding field of tourism is published at a propitious time. As the number of international arrivals approaches 900 million worldwide, the book's opening chapter acknowledges that contemporary tourism is 'one of the most significant yet misunderstood phenomenon in the world today' (p4).

From Candy Floss to Mountain Bikes: A view of the Wales Tourist Board 1969-2006

This book was written with the insightful knowledge that only a tourist board insider could provide. As such it provides a fascinating and honest account of the ups and downs in the development of the Wales Tourist Board Professor Brian Hay, Dept of Hospitality &, Tourism, Strathclyde University ,

Tourism Society's Dictionary for the Tourism Industry

The Tourism Society, the UK's leading membership organisation for all sectors of the tourism industry, has launched the latest edition of the 'Dictionary for the Tourism Industry', edited by Verite Reily Collins and published by CABI. The dictionary includes an overview of industry terminology, explanations of industry specific terms, useful travel related facts on over 130 countries, practical words and idioms for guides and tour managers and airline and airport codings.

Managing Visitor Attractions: new directions 2nd edition

This book, first published in 2003, became a standard as the collection of articles gathered by Fyall, Garrod and Leask set out to help attractions of all kinds and sizes build their businesses by understanding how to cope with the variables and vagaries of the tourism industry and survive through the 21st century. This second edition, with new co-editor Wanhill, offers a similar mix of insights from authoritative contributors drawn from leading universities and practitioners across the world, demonstrating a truly global perspective.

Sport, Recreation & Tourism Event Management

This book has a distinctive North American bias, not surprising when the authors are both academics at Brock University , Ontario . Those seeking a text book on tourist event management will find that the text predominately covers sports events, although tourist events are also given some cover. A number of examples given are on the Olympic Games, which indicates the level of event at which that the authors have aimed. The theories in the findings could be applied to smaller events, but it is unlikely that those organisers of small scale events will get much practical advice from the book.

Destination Marketing: an integrated marketing communication approach

There is no doubting the importance of effective marketing in today's increasingly competitive tourism world, an importance reinforced by the present difficult economic climate. Steven Pike makes the case for marketing cogently and convincingly in a book which, in addition to setting the contexts for marketing, gives clear practical advice from strategy to image, positioning to distribution and public relations to disaster management. The appeal of the book to a wide audience will lie in the two strands that provide the basis of Pike's approach.

Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea

This text is one in a series entitled The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms, and must be judged in that light. The content is essentially a macro-economic study of the influence of the cruise business on global economies, and it deals in particular with ways in which leading cruise lines, operating under flags of convenience, maximise profits by exploiting their economic strengths, both in negotiations with developing countries' ports of call and in recruiting staff from the international labour market.

Youth Travel Matters

Youth travel, as all commercial operators are aware, has been increasing and strengthening substantially in recent years. It was always unfortunate that several authorities, including UNWTO, down played its significance for so long (in spite of robust research in Australia and Switzerland that gave emphasis to its importance), and dismissed such travellers as low budget back-packers. It is good to see that UNWTO has now supported this very timely report so as to highlight some of the very important statistical evidence which champions a change of attitude.

Free Time and Leisure Participation

This easy to read volume explores how we use our leisure time. Apart from the opening and closing chapters the book takes a country, country perspective a delivers a clear and comprehensive mini case study. The countries covered (all developed world) are dealt with in alphabetical order and are written in most parts by a local author. The depth of coverage varies considerably, but each has up-to-date supporting data in the form of easy to read tables and graphs. Great Britain is covered in 18 pages, Russia in 12, whilst Hong Kong gets a surprising 13 in comparison.

Mediterranean Islands

Scepticism was alive and well when this book landed on my desk. It had all the appearance of a bloated gazetteer. Ironically it arrived the same day as a friend sent me a copy of the 1966 Illustrated Road Book of Ireland (published by the AA) and one was initially tempted to spend more time looking at the hand-bound Irish manual. However, as an unashamed enthusiast for Croatia it was impossible to resist going straight to Mediterranean Islands and to page 179 to see what had been written about my favourite Adriatic Island - Rab.

Travel Medicine: tales behind the science

I found this book to be clearly laid out and the fact that it is split into 9 sections, each containing between one and ten articles, makes it easy to dip into. However, this approach tends to make the book rather fragmented and so it is difficult to see and appreciate the claim that it provides an &ldquo,overview how diseases have spread worldwide&rdquo,. The book does offer a variety of viewpoints, which is quite in keeping with the reference to &lsquo,Tales' in the title but I found some sections to be of limited interest.

Asian Tourism: Growth and Change

Asian Tourism: Growth and Change is one of the outcomes of the Leeds Met 2006 European Conference on tourism in Asia . An impressive list of contributors brings much experience and many innovative approaches to its 31 chapters (14 written or co-authored by Asian researchers) based on conference papers, case studies and additional research. All have provided an understanding of the changes, influences and impacts taking place in Asian tourism. It will be welcomed by a wide audience in industry and academia. Asian Tourism: Growth and Change is presented in three parts,

Understanding the Global Spa Industry

This is an extremely comprehensive book covering certain aspects of the global spa industry, probably everything students are required to know about spas for course work. There is a useful and comprehensive index, short biographies of the contributors, list of figures and list of tables.

Contemporary Tourism: an international approach

This latest text from two of the most prolific, world-renown authors in the rapidly expanding field of tourism is published at a propitious time. As the number of international arrivals approaches 900 million worldwide, the book's opening chapter acknowledges that contemporary tourism is 'one of the most significant yet misunderstood phenomenon in the world today' (p4).

From Candy Floss to Mountain Bikes: A view of the Wales Tourist Board 1969-2006

This book was written with the insightful knowledge that only a tourist board insider could provide. As such it provides a fascinating and honest account of the ups and downs in the development of the Wales Tourist Board Professor Brian Hay, Dept of Hospitality &, Tourism, Strathclyde University ,

Conferences and Conventions, A global industry second edition

This book is aimed at both practitioners in the conference and convention industry and those wishing to study the industry. It is written by one of the leading exponents of the industry, Tony Rogers, who shares his wealth of knowledge with his readers. Each of the nine chapters is given a short introduction and ends with a summary, review and discussion. The chapters are generously interspersed with statistics and tables on the industry. Examples and case studies are drawn from worldwide, given the findings an international perspective.

Tourism and Transport: Modes, Networks and Flows

I liked this book and I have little doubt that it will feature in the reading lists for a variety of undergraduate courses. Very simply, the book aims &ldquo,to map the key elements that comprise the complex relationship between transport and tourism",. The reader is guided through an examination of topics such as: ,

Codes of Ethics in Tourism: Practice, Theory, Synthesis

Fennell's and Malloy's book makes a significant effort to put codes of ethics into the mainstream Tourism arena. Authors apply calculative and meditative thinking in their analysis of the development of such codes. The book addresses many difficult questions in relation to the national and global codes of ethics for tourism while adding fresh and new thinking that reflects the tourism industry of today.

Tourism and Protected Areas: Benefits Beyond Boundaries

The IUCN (World Conservation Union) held its fifth World Parks Congress in 2003. In spite of submissions to the organising committee, tourism was not treated as a workshop stream at the conference, nevertheless, the subject permeated much of the discussions and presentations. This text brings together the issues and findings of the congress, where these touched upon tourism, and as such, it forms a valuable contribution to the field of study.

Tourism in the Middle East - Continuity, Change and Transformation

The Middle East contains well-established destinations (e.g. Egypt , the Holy Land), those that have emerged onto the world scene in the last decade or so (e.g. Dubai, Oman ) and at least one country, Saudi Arabia , that is still to embrace international leisure tourism to any meaningful level. This collection of papers edited by Rami Farouk Daher of the American University of Beruit and Sheffield Hallam University provides a valuable insight into many of the issues faced in developing and managing tourism destinations by assessing the state of the sector in the Middle East.

Tourism in Developing Countries

Tourism is a key economic driver for many developing countries, and it is essential that all players are aware of positive changes in modern management, as well as participating in informed debate of the best strategies to be employed. This book focuses on many of the most important papers that have been produced over the last years, and will make a welcome and useful addition to the reference section of many university libraries.

Ecotourism, NGOS and Development

Can the competing needs of change and biodiversity in the developing world be reconciled? Butcher throws new light on this by looking critically at the role of ecotourism in sustainable development for materially poorer communities. Ecotourism has been initiated by non-governmental organisations, like Conservation International, the World Wildlife Fund and Tourism Concern, as exemplar sustainable development in the rural developing world.

Indigenous Ecotourism: Sustainable Development and Management

The title of this book suggests so much potential, but in reality is rather dull and stogy. There are eight chapters, of which six relate to geographical regions of the world. Within each of the geographical chapters are a large number of short case studies relating to countries or ecotourism ventures within the area. These case studies are well written and informative, but sadly lack the support of tables of data, graphs, maps or photographs and are thus rather descriptive in their style.

Prospects for Polar Tourism

Editors and contributors Snyder and Stonehouse bring together a wide range of authoritative commentaries on the development and impact of polar tourism, a welcome volume in these days of growing eco-concerns. ,

British Tourism: The Remarkable Story of Growth

Selling out its first, hardback edition in little over 12 months, British Tourism: The Remarkable Story of Growth has been revised and a new paperback edition launched this year. First published by Butterworth Heinemann in May 2005, authored by Victor Middleton FTS with the late Len Lickorish, the new edition includes a brand new contributed chapter on tourism growth in Scotland and Wales, as well as a colour plate section.

Consumer Behaviour in Tourism 2nd Edition

The authors make it quite clear in their preface to this 2nd edition that this is a book for academics and students. At the same, this is a book that should be read by planners and policy makers everywhere. As most of these now come out of our universities I hope the relevance of this book remains with future entrants to the tourism industry, and is not dismissed as of little consequence.

Festivals, Tourism & Social Change

Picard &, Robinson, in their edited book, examine how festivals have been created as either a reaction to a particular historical crisis or as a way to remake worlds and social spaces against backgrounds of socio-cultural mobility, dislocation and globalisation. Festivals, broadly defined by Picard and Robinson as 'celebratory events' (p.1), have provided a great opportunity for communities to animate their area, develop more connectivity between people and attempt to cement an old or new identity of the community.

Growing Older, Tourism and leisure Behaviour of Older Adults

This book examines a wide range of issues in relation to the senior market and the growth of the &ldquo,older tourist. It quantifies the market in terms of 22% of the world's population across all continents by 2050.

Thailand Tourism

Increasingly, among the flood of new tourism texts, destination studies are making an appearance, and this is to be welcomed. However, this relatively short book is a curious one, purporting to address the needs of both students of tourism and potential visitors to the country. In its attempt to appeal to these distinct markets, this new text tends to fall between two stools. Its appeal to the latter reader rests on a number of suggestions for tourist itineraries, followed by helpful tips on Thai gastronomy, sexual and social mores and cultural attractions.

Understanding Western Tourists in Developing Countries

This book explores a wide range of issues in relation to the social and cultural perspectives of developing destinations in the context of the &ldquo,Western Tourist",. The author classifies the Western Tourist as including North Americans, Australia and New Zealanders as part of the &ldquo,Western World",.

Tomorrow???s Tourist: Scenarios & Trends

Published in association with the Future Foundation, Tomorrow&rsquo,s Tourist comprises four very different sections.

Tourism Development : Growth, Myths and Inequalities

What a good and interesting book! , As a layman, albeit with a degree in Land Economy and nearly 40 years of active involvement in tourism both in the UK and in developing countries, I nevertheless approached this review with some trepidation. , But the book quickly became a must read item. , I heartily commend it to anyone with an interest in the challenges and paradoxes of tourism development and especially to those engaged in such work.

Managing Airports: An International Perspective, 3rd edition

Often airports are taken for granted by those that pass through them on their way to a business or holiday destination. This book will help the reader appreciate the complex operations associated with airport management. , Clearly written using a wide range of case studies and up to date statistics it will make any traveller reassess their perceptions next time they visit an airport.

Aviation and Tourism: Implications for Leisure Travel

Reading this densely packed compilation of studies of the relation between aviation and tourism, I pondered on the intended readership. The editors say that they '...continue to be surprised at the failure of academia, government, industry and other stakeholders to fully recognise and appreciate the close and complex relationships which exist between aviation and tourism, particularly when leisure travel is concerned.' This motivated them to get '26 distinguished experts ' to contribute.

Quantitative Tourism Industry Analysis: Introduction to Input-Output, Social Accounting Matrix Modelling and Tourism Satellite Accounts

The title may turn people off from reading a book which has some very useful summaries of where current thinking is with TSA&rsquo,s and their importance in the way that quasi-statial bodies (and some governments) use them.

Environmental Impacts of Ecotourism

This is the second in this series of ecotourism books to come out in paperback, an important step in enabling a wider distribution of knowledge about the impacts of ecotourism on the ecology of the places visited. The series does not yet contain texts dealing with the net benefits which accrue to local communities, or the net contribution to the costs of management of the natural heritage estate occasioned by ecotourism. These are serious omissions given the claims which are made for the virtues of ecotourism.

Nature-Based Tourism, Environment and Land Management: Ecotourism Series No.1

Nature-Based Tourism, Environment and Land Management looks at the economic, social and environmental impact of tourism within managed natural settings. This is a crucially important area for tourism and destination managers in a period of growing demand for outdoor leisure and particularly adventure experiences.

Transfrontier Conservation in Africa: At the confluence of capital, politics and nature

Transfrontier conservation is a global concept which encompasses the protection of biodiversity spanning the borders of two or more countries in ways that support local economic development, international relations and peace. This book focuses specifically upon the events and processes that have shaped the emergence of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) in Africa and argues that TFCAs should be understood in the context of the intersections between the environmental movement, the private sector and the role of the state in those intersections.

Building Community Capacity for Tourism Development.

Tourism is often used by policy makers as a leading tool for economic and social development. , Successful implementation of tourism-led development schemes, particularly in peripheral or remote regions, is increasingly understood to depend on the ability of local communities to participate effectively in tourism market activities whereas the benefits promised by developers are too often exceeded by the negative consequences of tourism in such areas.

Tourism, Recreation And Sustainability, Linking Culture And The Environment.

Tourism, Recreation And Sustainability is organised in 3 Parts comprising 16 chapters. , The contributors come predominantly from North America and Australia, although the case study material offers greater global range. , This Second edition has been extensively revised. , I recommend that lecturers who use it for teaching should acquire a copy of the current publication as it updates the legislative and advisory frameworks , within tourism, recreation and sustainability management decisions are taken, and provides many recent references.

Operations Management in the Travel Industry

The book provides a good overview of Operations Management in the Travel Industry covering key areas including theory, concepts, frameworks and case studies. , As the travel industry is very fragmented, there are many aspects to consider when looking at the management of operations within it such as logistics, marketing, strategy, staffing, finances, sustainability and culture, to name but a few. , These key elements that comprise the complex relationships of all areas are mapped out in this book, , giving an insight into the travel industry and providing a good grounding for st

Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management

I have always been rather perplexed why areas such as entrepreneurship and small business management have not been explored more in tourism literature. After all, the tourism and hospitality industry is mostly made up of small firms. In some countries the ratio is very high, for example, this book argues that in the UK 98.5% of all hotels and restaurants employ fewer than 50 people.

Nation Branding ? Concepts, Issues, Practice

&ldquo,Nation Branding&rdquo, is a timely arrival on the scene. , In the current context of economic upheaval, with concepts such as globalisation being scrutinised, allied with a feeling &ndash, or need &ndash, to return to simple, sustainable values, a book about nation branding can take on added importance.

Classroom Activities for Edexcel GCSE Leisure & Tourism

Although this volume is written for the Edexcel GCSE specification, editions are available for the other awarding bodies. Written for the GCSE qualification the student workbook would also be suitable for any Level 1 or 2 Travel &, Tourism course. The four chapters are titled in accordance with the qualification and are presented in a range of formats to suit the teaching styles of the tutor and the learning styles of the student.

Contemporary Tourist Behaviour: Yourself and Others as Tourists

As the World Tourism Organisation (2009) reports that the volatile world economy and subsequent decline in consumer confidence is starting to take its toll on the tourism industry, destinations and tourism organisations have little choice but to acquire far greater knowledge of contemporary tourist behavior in order to understand and predict present and future demand.

Tourism and Generation Y

As a cohort, Generation Y are more likely to travel than any other. This book describes vividly how the digital revolution, terrorism and financial uncertainty have had much impact on them and therefore their decision-making, and the implications this can have on worldwide tourism. The book is a series of fourteen chapters, split over three sections: 1. Gen Y &, Tourism 2. Gen Y Behaviour 3. Capitalising on Gen Y as Consumers and Producer.

CITY TOURISM ? NATIONAL CAPITAL PERSPECTIVES

City breaks are at the forefront of the short break market, so it is perhaps surprising that a book looking at the capital city perspective hasn&rsquo,t emerged until now. The book is a comparative study of tourism in national capitals with case studies drawn from across the world, from Cardiff to Canberra and Brussels to Budapest, taking in Hanoi and Wellington among others, along the way.

Hospitality Business Development

I eventually got over the fact that the phrase &ldquo,this book&rdquo, is repeated ten times in just the Preface and that I found annoying spelling and grammatical errors scattered throughout the 289 pages. I then tried to decide who this book was aimed at. If students, then my personal opinion is that it over-cooks in many areas and is fact-lite in others.

Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London

Although published as part of Ashgate&rsquo,s &lsquo,Design and the Built Environment&rsquo, series, this edited collection covers much more than just these two aspects of Olympic cities and ranges much wider than 2012.