This volume provides the first comprehensive examination of travel guidebooks and their conceptualisation, use and impact. Guidebooks have been key tourism paraphernalia for almost two centuries and although researched in some areas, academic knowledge on guidebooks in tourism has not been expansively communicated. The uncritical, unreflective and largely pejorative approach to guidebooks in the public sphere, and to some degree also present in academia, is reassessed in this book. This challenges the current limited tourism research approaches to the topic, including the routinely held assumption that the internet has all but destroyed the printed guidebook. This book will be a useful resource for postgraduate students and researchers in tourism and tourism communications and consumption.
Victoria Peel is a senior lecturer in cultural tourism management in the Graduate Tourism program hosted by the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, Australia. Her research focuses on cultural tourism and the backpacker and student tourism markets. Anders Sorensen is owner and manager of Tourismlab.dk, which provides tourism and hospitality research and consultancy and produces knowledge of tourism and tourists. His research interests include backpacker tourism, travel guidebooks and tourism in peripheral areas.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Travel Guidebooks and Tourism Discourse Chapter 2. Conceptualising Travel Guidebooks Chapter 3. Guidebook Histories Chapter 4. Travel Guidebooks as Text Chapter 5. According to the Guidebook: Exploring Lonely Planet's Australia Chapter 6. `Why I Love/Hate My Guidebook': Perspectives from the Blogosphere Chapter 7. Slaves to the Guidebook? Exploring Guidebook Usage Chapter 8. Towards a Typology of Guidebook Users Chapter 9. Permission to Coast? Travel Guidebooks and Tourism Businesses Chapter 10. `Countdown to Doomsday'? Guidebook Agency in Destination Development Chapter 11. Transformations in the Age of E-tourism: The End of the Guidebook as We Know It? Chapter 12. The Stigma of Guidebooks: Causes and Questions References