Tourism: The Business of Travel / Edition 4

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Written in a conversational style, this book views the industry from a business perspective—examining the management, marketing and finance issues most important to industry members. Chapters reveal an integrated model of tourism and address consumer behavior, service quality and personal selling. Readings and integrative cases close each part and end-of-chapter exercises offer application activities for students. This edition includes new chapters on technological innovations and sustainability issues and offers a view of today's tourism industry that is as interesting and multi-faceted as the field itself.
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A text for beginning students of tourism, designed to maintain interest in the subject. Offers an overview of the industry and each of its components, with a conversational style, boxes of tips and information, chapter summaries, and discussion questions. Tourism is viewed through the lens of business, focusing on marketing, management, and finance issues. Includes cases, readings, and appendices on decision making and career issues, plus a web site. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

part i: The Traveling Public and Tourism Promoters

1. Introducing the World’s Largest Industry, Tourism

2. Marketing to the Traveling Public

3. Delivering Quality Tourism Services

4. Bringing Travelers and Tourism Service Suppliers Together

5. Capturing Technologies’ Competitive Advantages


Integrative Cases

part ii: Tourism Service Suppliers

6. Transportation

7. Accommodations

8. Food and Beverage

9. Attractions and Entertainment

10. Destinations


Integrative Cases

Part iii: The Service and Hospitality Environment

11. Economic and Political Impacts of Tourism

12. Environmental and Social/Cultural Impacts of Tourism

13. Sustaining Tourism’s Benefits

14. Exploring the Future of Tourism


Integrative Cases

Appendix A: Geography: Your Window to the World

Appendix B: Tourism Research

Appendix C: Choosing a Career and Finding a Job

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The tourism industry is both dynamic and diverse. Most students come to the study of tourism full of enthusiasm and questions. Yet, the textbooks available have been dry and/or overly focused on travel agencies and transportation modes. Often they are full of facts with little theoretical or macro-issue discussion. As a result, students' enthusiasm soon wanes and their interest in careers in "tourism" diminishes. We decided to write a book that would be as interesting and multifaceted as the field itself.

Like the first edition, the second edition of Tourism: The Business of Travel features a conversational style, making it fun to read,-yet providing a thorough overview of the tourism industry, giving balanced coverage to each component part. The role of the travel agent and the importance of transportation modes are included, but not to the omission of significant coverage of other industry issues, such as accommodations, destinations, attractions, and food and beverage operations.

As our title suggests, we look at the tourism industry through the lens of business, specifically by considering the management, marketing, and finance issues most important to industry members. In addition, the book starts with a comprehensive model of tourism and unfolds by considering each piece of the model in succession. All students should find the book enjoyable and educational, no matter which facet of the industry they find most interesting.


We have built on the success of the first edition of Tourism: The Business of Travel and created an even better learning tool in thesecond edition. We kept and expanded all the features that readers and reviewers said they liked and added topics about which they said they wanted to know more. The impacts of technology on the industry have been integrated throughout the text. Several important improvements are featured in this second edition and in the Instructor's Manual. The most significant modifications include:

  1. Special attention to the Internet and its impact on the tourism industry,
  2. Expanded discussion of the growth segments of tourism: singles, disabled, adventure and extreme travelers, and nonprofessional meeting attendees,
  3. Enhanced discussion of the importance of tours, tour operators, and meeting planners,
  4. Increased emphasis on human resources and personal selling,
  5. Industry-specific readings added to each chapter,
  6. Dozens of new and updated tables and figures to increase ease of comprehension,
  7. Expanded end-of-chapter glossaries.


We designed this second edition of Tourism: The Business of Travel so that it can be tailored to suit a variety of needs. Its engaging writing style and its hundreds of updated industry examples make it the perfect textbook for freshman and sophomore students taking their first tourism class. The thoroughness of content also makes it suitable for a similar course introducing students to the hospitality industry. To meet the advanced critical-thinking needs of junior and senior students, we have augmented the text's basic content with end-of-chapter readings and comprehensive cases that they can use to apply their knowledge and refine their problem-solving skills.

No matter how experienced the instructor or students, we believe this second edition is one that professors can teach with, not simply from. The various text features and teaching supplements allow each instructor to develop the course to fit his or her style and the special needs and learning styles of students.


The second edition of Tourism: The Business of Travel introduces students to an integrative model of tourism as a dynamic industry and then unfolds, considering each of the model's components in turn. The first part focuses on the traveling public and tourism promoters, explaining the critical linking role that travel agents and tour wholesalers provide. Part 2 familiarizes students with each of the tourism service providers in turn, beginning with transportation and concluding with destinations and resorts. Part 3, The Service and Hospitality Environment, elevates students' attention to macro-issues facing the industry, including service quality and the important impacts that tourism can have on host communities and the world.

Each chapter of the book is followed by a supplementary reading(s). Three practical applications appendices are included to increase students' transferable skills. The text concludes with six integrative real-world cases that professors can use during the course as it unfolds or at the end of the course to bring all the pieces together.


We incorporated many features into the second edition of Tourism: The Business of Travel to make it engaging for both the instructor and the students.

Feature: Each chapter opens with learning objectives and a detailed outline.
Feature: Each chapter features a real-world vignette that illustrates a major component of the chapter and then is mentioned again within the chapter pages.
Feature: All chapters include ethical/critical thinking dilemmas (termed "You Decide") that are useful in generating class discussion and encouraging students to practice critical-thinking skills. Each "You Decide" is written to be especially relevant to the chapter in which it appears.
Feature: Each chapter includes many tables and figures that help students understand the more abstract concepts and theories presented.
Feature: FYI (For Your Information) boxed items are sprinkled throughout the chapters. These items serve as examples of chapter concepts and provide helpful travel tips or useful business information.
Feature: Each chapter includes a Tourism in Action topic that provides students with an in-depth industry example of the chapter's content.
Feature: Discussion questions at the end of the chapter are based on the learning objectives.
Feature: The Applying the Concepts section of each chapter offers professors and students a variety of thought-provoking topics to explore or to use as a blueprint for applying newly acquired knowledge.
Feature: A glossary of terms follows each chapter's content, and the index highlights the page on which a term is defined.
Feature: The text is full of concepts and examples of organizations, many of which will be familiar to students to engage their interest; however, many are from outside North America.
Feature: The importance of service quality in the increasingly competitive industry is accentuated by giving it full chapter coverage.
Feature: Students are sensitized to the variety of impacts that tourism can have: economic, political, social, and environmental.
Feature: Three appendixes build student skills in problem-solving, good manners, and career/job-seeking.
Feature: Readings follow each chapter, offering the instructor supplemental material and examples for student discussion.
Feature: The text concludes with six integrative cases that have been classroom tested and can be used to give students practice in applying what they have learned and improving their problem-solving/critical-thinking skills.


To fulfill our goal of making this second edition of Tourism: The Business of Travel customizable for individual instructor needs, we have developed a comprehensive instructor's toolkit of resources. The instructor's manual includes the usual elements—detailed chapter outlines and a testbank—but also includes supplemental lecture material and discussion guides to support the use of the readings and cases provided in the text. In addition, discussion suggestions are offered throughout the chapter outlines to generate student debate on several of the textbook features, such as the You Decide chapter dilemmas.

The power of the written word in our text is also supported by a series of videos and a website that both students and professors will find educational and entertaining.

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