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Encyclopedia of Tourism

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  • © 2016


  • Collects the essence of the world's leading tourism research with its application in practice
  • Provides authoritative definitions and explanations on all important tourism keywords
  • Comprehensively treats major concepts in the largest industry worldwide
  • Includes supplementary material:

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About this book

This encyclopedia is the most comprehensive and updated source of reference in tourism research and practice. It covers both traditional and emerging concepts and terms and is fully international in its scope. More than 700 contributions of 766 internationally renowned experts from 113 countries provide a definitive access to the knowledge in the field of tourism, hospitality, recreation and related fields. All actors in this field will find reliable and up to date definitions and explanations of the key terms of tourism in this reference work. Tourism is the largest industry worldwide and is the main source of income for many countries. With both, this practical impact of tourism and a rapidly developing academic field, with a growing number of university courses and degrees in tourism, and a flourishing research, this encyclopedia is the epicenter of this emerging and developing discipline.   


“Tourism is a fast-growing academic discipline. This encyclopedia answers the need for a foundational text. It is intended for a variety of users from students to instructional staff to research scholars along with policy makers, consultants, practitioners, and anyone involved in the world’s largest industry. As such, it is highly recommended for all academic libraries.” (American Reference Books Annual ARBA, June, 2018)

“The purpose … is to act as a guide and updated reference source to basic information, its definitions and concepts, incorporating new material on critical social theory, aspects of business and management as well as countries and world regions affected by tourism. … Many important and topical subjects are covered by this encyclopedia. … Its broad approach will make it an essential reference tool for students as well as those involved in all aspects of the tourist industry.” (Diana Dixon, Reference Reviews, Vol. 31 (3), 2017)


Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, USA

    Jafar Jafari

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

    Honggen Xiao

About the editors

Jafar Jafari is Founding Editor, Annals of Tourism Research: A Social Sciences Journal; Chief Editor, Tourism Social Science (book) Series; Co-Chief Editor, Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice book series; Chief Editor, Encyclopedia of Tourism; Co-Founding Editor, Information Technology & Tourism; Co-Founder, TRINET: Tourism Research Information Network; and Founding President, International Academy for the Study of Tourism. A cultural anthropologist (PhD, University of Minnesota, USA) and a hotel administration graduate (BS and MS, Cornell University, USA), with an honorary doctorate from the Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain) and the recipient of the 2005 United Nations World Tourism Organization Ulysses Award, he is Visiting Professor of the Universitat do Algarve (Portugal) and Sun Yat-sen University (China), international Program Director of the Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain), and faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Stout Department of Hospitality and Tourism (USA). Honggen Xiao is Associate Professor in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has had undergraduate (Fujian Normal University, China) and postgraduate (Soochow University, China) trainings in linguistics and literature, and has also earned his Master’s and PhD degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies (University of Waterloo, Canada). His prior work encompasses associate professorship and directorship of The Department of Tourism at Huaqiao University, China, and visiting professorship in The College of Tourism at Rikkyo University, Japan. He advises doctoral studies, and has teaching and research interest in knowledge development, tourism and culture, leisure and society, and China tourism. He is also Subject Index Editor of Annals of Tourism Research.  

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