Tourism Theories, Concepts and Models

Robert Douglas McKercher, Bruce Prideaux

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Explains why we think about tourism the way we do;
Explores key theories, concepts and models that explain how tourism works;
Is a comprehensive and cohesive text that develops a series of key ideas that deepens understanding and encourages critical thinking.

This important text provides a critical overview of the core theories, concepts and ideas that have shaped the way we think about tourism. Divided into six parts, it takes the reader through the following areas to ensure thorough and coherent knowledge, looking at the important key theories, models and concepts, ensuring clear understanding and the ability for critical thinking:

Setting the stage: looking at the interdisciplinary nature of tourism and its’ structure (5 core aspects of generation region, industry, destination region, transit route and tourist).
How tourism works: explores the three core dimensions of tourism factors, attractions, access and government policy.
The evolution of tourism: examines the main models that have depicted the evolution of tourism destinations, economies and geographies.
The tourist: motivations and influences of the tourist as an individual, covering typology, social demographic factors and constraints.
Planning models: destination planning, scenarios and forecasting, including responses to current challenges Current issues: examines the theoretical and conceptual foundations for a range of contemporary issues that will affect tourism well into the future, including climate change, overtourism, crisis management and political change.

Additional resources consist of web links, online videos and teaching reference materials. These can be found at from Academy fellows and other academic links explaining the ideas in the book.

A must-have text for post graduate tourism and hospitality studies, as well as a key resource text for those teaching and studying tourism subjects at the later stages of undergraduate level.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherGoodfellow Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9781911635376
ISBN (Print)9781911635369
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


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