16 Apr 2014


Next time you are undertaking research, don't forget to pay LeisureTourism a visit; you are bound to find something that will help amongst the 140,000 abstracts, 4000+ full text documents, news and review articles and 2000+ book chapters. Subjects covered in the resource are Arts and Entertainment, the Hospitality Industry, Leisure and Recreation, Sport, Tourism, Travel and Technology. The new 'Smart Searches' function offers search suggestions based on commonly researched topics. Another great feature is the link to Events, which gives details of upcoming conferences worldwide. The website has had a redesign recently, making it much more intuitive to search.

LeisureTourism can be found in the E-Resources list from the Library Portal page; the login is given in the description below the LeisureTourism link. Give it a go!

11 Apr 2014

Travel Trade Gazette

In this latest issue, we join a marketing consultancy session, SuperBreak talk about their rebrand and strategy, the question is asked whether a travel agency can survive without a web presence, trends in the affluent consumer market are considered plus climate change, seamless travel and many more topics are discussed

View the online version of TTG here.

Journal Articles

Taylor and Francis/Routledge are offering free online access to the following articles, from the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events - simply click on the links below, to view:

10 Apr 2014

Hidden Britain

Hidden Britain is a charity that supports various bodies in establishing visitor destinations within Britain's towns and countryside. There are a number of useful resources available on their website including case studies and advice in developing and delivering tourism projects. This page provides hints and tips on how to go about forming a tourism strategy.

8 Apr 2014

The cruise industry has strongly objected to a report by academics, which states a lack of corporate social responsibility regulation in the sector. In their recent article entitled, 'Corporate sustainability reporting index and baseline data for the cruise industry', the authors develop a CSR index based on the Global Reporting Initiative. 

See an earlier post on cruise tourism in Venice

2 Apr 2014


Inverness and Loch Ness will work together as one destination in order to form the UK's first Tourism Business Improvement District (BID), to help boost tourist numbers and improve the general visitor experience in the area. The BID model will include marketing programs to raise awareness of the destination, sponsorship of special events that attract overnight visitors and sales programs to bring in large-group business. Read the full story here.

The Tourism Business Improvement Districts (TBIDs/TIDs) model, was originally a US initiative  to help fund marketing strategies for tourism-related businesses within a region. Here is a report on TBIDs in California.

The idea to introduce the TBIDs into the UK was floated during the Visitor Economy Forum in 2011, led by VisitEngland,  the outcomes of the meeting can be viewed on this page, which gives presentations from the day and links to two reports launched at the event, 'Introducing TBIDs in England' and 'Establishing TBIDs in England'. Here's a video showing John Penrose speaking at the Visitor Economy Forum.

28 Mar 2014

Seminar: Tourism Policy Research Group

Tourism Policy Research Group public seminar 
Venue: Middlesex University Business School
Date: Wednesday 2nd April, 2014
   Time: 2pm-3:30pm

You are invited to attend the first of a series of tourism seminars, which will be delivered by Professor Richard Butler. He will be discussing his seminal work: The Tourism Area Life Cycle Model and its Relevance to 21st Century Destinations, it's origins,  related models of destination development and issues faced by such models in the light of current developments in tourism. Find out more and book your place here.

The tourism area life cycle: Vol. 1, Applications and modifications by R. Butler is available in Ebook Library (via E-resources)