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Tourism Theories, Concepts and Models

Bob McKercher, Bruce Prideaux

ISBN: 9781911635352 HBK; 9781911635369 PBK; 9781911635376 eBook
DOI: 10.23912/9781911635352-4280


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]"Tourism Theories, Concepts and Models synthesises the range of what comprises the entire tourism literature and acts a starting point for the study of this complex activity. The book elaborates on the structure of tourism industry and explains how different parts work and how it has evolved over the years as a system." Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, Bournemouth University Business School, UK

"This thoughtful yet accessible book is timely in that it provides a much needed and insightful overview of those core ideas central to the study of tourism that so often are either glossed over or “assumed” to be understood. As the authors so eloquently state, “much of what we think we know about tourism is well-known but not necessarily known well”. Written by two titans of the tourism academy, the book examines all the key questions, theoretical foundations, and linkages of tourism in a manner that all students and scholars of tourism, no matter what their level, will appreciate and enjoy." Dr. Alan Fyall, Visit Orlando Endowed Chair of Tourism Marketing, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida

Tourism Theories, Concepts and Models:
  • Explores key tourism theories, concepts and models;
  • Adopts a social science approach to explain why we think about tourism the way we do;
  • Develops key ideas that deepens our understanding and encourages critical thinking.

This important text provides a critical overview of the core theories, concepts and models that have shaped the development of tourism as a field of study. Divided into five parts, it takes the reader through the following areas to explain how our understanding of tourism has been shaped:

  • Setting the stage: discussing the nature of theory, concepts and models, identifying different approaches to define tourism, and the structure of tourism;
  • How tourism works: attractions, access and the spatial interactions of tourists, factors influencing international tourism, the political economy of tourism, and approaches to forecasting;
  • The evolution of tourism: lifecycle models and complexity theory;
  • The tourist: why do people travel, sociological and anthropological concepts of tourism and tourism and the individual;
  • Tourism impacts and sustainability: impacts, including conflict over place change, sustainability, climate change, resilience, the transformation to a carbon neutral economy, and tourism planning.

A must-have text for tourism academics and post graduate tourism and hospitality students, as well as a key resource text for students at the later stages of their undergraduate studies.

About the authors


Professor Bob McKercher has over 35 years’ experience teaching, researching and working in the tourism sector.
Professor Bruce Prideaux has over 30 years’ experience as a tourism academic and researcher.

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.

Publication: December 2020

Table of contents

Part 1 Setting the stage: Ch 1 - Theories, concepts and models; Ch 2 - Defining tourism; Ch 3 - The structure of tourism; Part 2 – How tourism works: Ch 4 – Attractions; Ch 5 – Access; Ch 6 - Politics of tourism; Ch 7 -Supply and Demand; Part 3 Evolution of tourism: Ch 8 - Lifecycle models; Ch 9 - Tourism as a complex system; Part 4 the Tourist: Ch 10 – Motivation; Ch 11 – Tourist behaviour; Ch 12 - Tourism and the individual; Ch 13 - Tourism as a socially selective activity; Part 5 - Planning Models: Ch 14 - Destination planning; Ch 15 – Scenarios; Part 6 – Current Issues: Ch 16 - Sustainability and climate change; Ch 17 - Social issues and over tourism; Ch 18 - Crisis management; Index

Table of contents

Part 1 Setting the stage: Ch 1 - Theories, concepts and models; Ch 2 - Defining tourism; Ch 3 - The structure of tourism; Part 2 – How tourism works: Ch 4 – Attractions; Ch 5 – Access; Ch 6 - Politics of tourism; Ch 7 -Supply and Demand; Part 3 Evolution of tourism: Ch 8 - Lifecycle models; Ch 9 - Tourism as a complex system; Part 4 the Tourist: Ch 10 – Motivation; Ch 11 – Tourist behaviour; Ch 12 - Tourism and the individual; Ch 13 - Tourism as a socially selective activity; Part 5 - Planning Models: Ch 14 - Destination planning; Ch 15 – Scenarios; Part 6 – Current Issues: Ch 16 - Sustainability and climate change; Ch 17 - Social issues and over tourism; Ch 18 - Crisis management; Index

About the authors

Dr Bob McKercher is a Professor of Tourism in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Professor Bruce Prideaux is Director of the Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities and program director of the Masters of Sustainable Tourism Management at Central Queensland University, Australia.

Table of contents

Part 1 Setting the stage: Ch 1 - Theories, concepts and models; Ch 2 - Defining tourism; Ch 3 - The structure of tourism; Part 2 – How tourism works: Ch 4 – Attractions; Ch 5 – Access; Ch 6 - Politics of tourism; Ch 7 -Supply and Demand; Part 3 Evolution of tourism: Ch 8 - Lifecycle models; Ch 9 - Tourism as a complex system; Part 4 the Tourist: Ch 10 – Motivation; Ch 11 – Tourist behaviour; Ch 12 - Tourism and the individual; Ch 13 - Tourism as a socially selective activity; Part 5 - Planning Models: Ch 14 - Destination planning; Ch 15 – Scenarios; Part 6 – Current Issues: Ch 16 - Sustainability and climate change; Ch 17 - Social issues and over tourism; Ch 18 - Crisis management; Index

About the authors

Dr Bob McKercher is a Professor of Tourism in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Professor Bruce Prideaux is Director of the Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities and program director of the Masters of Sustainable Tourism Management at Central Queensland University, Australia.

Sample files

Cover, contents and copyright.pdf
Chapter 1.pdf
Chapter 2.pdf
Chapter 4.pdf
Chapter 5.pdf
Chapter 6.pdf
Chapter 7.pdf
Chapter 8.pdf
Chapter 9.pdf
Chapter 10.pdf
Chapter 11.pdf
Chapter 12.pdf
Chapter 13.pdf
Chapter 14.pdf
Chapter 15.pdf
Chapter 16.pdf
Chapter 17.pdf

Table of contents

Part 1 Setting the stage: Ch 1 - Theories, concepts and models; Ch 2 - Defining tourism; Ch 3 - The structure of tourism; Part 2 – How tourism works: Ch 4 – Attractions; Ch 5 – Access; Ch 6 - Politics of tourism; Ch 7 -Supply and Demand; Part 3 Evolution of tourism: Ch 8 - Lifecycle models; Ch 9 - Tourism as a complex system; Part 4 the Tourist: Ch 10 – Motivation; Ch 11 – Tourist behaviour; Ch 12 - Tourism and the individual; Ch 13 - Tourism as a socially selective activity; Part 5 - Planning Models: Ch 14 - Destination planning; Ch 15 – Scenarios; Part 6 – Current Issues: Ch 16 - Sustainability and climate change; Ch 17 - Social issues and over tourism; Ch 18 - Crisis management; Index

About the authors

Dr Bob McKercher is a Professor of Tourism in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Professor Bruce Prideaux is Director of the Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities and program director of the Masters of Sustainable Tourism Management at Central Queensland University, Australia.

Sample files

Cover, contents and copyright.pdf
Chapter 1.pdf
Chapter 2.pdf
Chapter 4.pdf
Chapter 5.pdf
Chapter 6.pdf
Chapter 7.pdf
Chapter 8.pdf
Chapter 9.pdf
Chapter 10.pdf
Chapter 11.pdf
Chapter 12.pdf
Chapter 13.pdf
Chapter 14.pdf
Chapter 15.pdf
Chapter 16.pdf
Chapter 17.pdf

Online resources

International Academy for the Study of Tourism Web Links

Demand Forecasting and the Need for Innovative Methods with Prof Gang Li
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW_bUo1BNDo
From Tracking Tourists to Measuring Arousal with Prof Noam Shoval https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC2CumjfnI0
How to Nudge Environmental Behavior with Prof Sara Dolnicar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy7WMeCUr9g
How Tourism Transforms Places and Communities with Prof Alison Gill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPp-BaL8ong
Linking Tourism Economics to Theory, Practice and Policy with Prof Egon Smeral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox6353CSwiE
Market Segmentation Analysis with Prof Sara Dolnicar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkj2-ibu7aQ
Sustainable Development and the Quest for the Ideal Tourist with Prof Larry Dwyer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-rgkBjzyXU
The Asian Paradigm with Prof Kaye Chon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrX8LP14Ao4
The Economics of Tourism with Prof Larry Dwyer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDs3ZcqfGO0
The Founding Father of Tourism Scholarship with Prof Jafar Jafari https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbY7CkBAie0
The impact of distance on tourism demand and tourism behaviour with Prof Bob McKercher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X__RJfofy_w
The Importance of Meaningful Research with Prof Frederic Dimanche https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxaiHN3A9gw
Tourism as an Integrated Field of Study with Prof Brian King https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GALzqmMmfA
Tourism Impacts and Planning with Prof Geoffrey Wall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM0TlF9jTSI
Tourism Policy and Planning with Multiple Stakeholders with Prof Peter Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZls-4gwgSw
Towards Enlightened Mass Sustainable Tourism with Prof David Weaver https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtTjaME4b_8
Wellbeing Tourism with Prof Muzaffer Uysal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdawKXkczfs

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