Key Concepts in Tourism Research


David Botterill & Vincent Platenkamp

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    Recent volumes include:

    Key Concepts in Tourist Studies

    Melanie Smith, Nicola MacLeod, Margaret Hart Robertson

    Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Research Methods

    Michael Atkinson

    Key Concepts in Sport Psychology

    John M D Kremer, Aidan Moran, Cathy Craig, Graham Walker

    Key Concepts in Leadership

    Jonathan Gosling, Ian Sutherland, Stephanie Jones

    Key Concepts in Media and Communications

    Paul Jones, David Holmes

    The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.


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    About the Authors

    David Botterill is a freelance academic and higher education consultant, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Tourism at the University of Westminster and Professor Emeritus in the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, University of Wales Institute Cardiff. He is also an Associate Director for the Higher Education Academy Network for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism and an Associate of the NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda. David studied at Surrey and Loughborough universities in the 1970s and gained industrial experience in the private and government sectors of the hotel and leisure industries prior to completing a PhD at Texas A & M University in 1987. He returned to the UK to lecture in tourism studies and moved to Cardiff in 1993. He has extensive UK experience of research leadership in university education, most recently as Director of Research in the Cardiff School of Management (1999–2007) at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. He was promoted to a personal chair of the University of Wales in 2003. He has taken a particular interest in the global development of doctoral level tourism studies as supervisor and external examiner to candidates in the UK and mainland Europe. He is an author and reviewer for several publishing houses and external assessor of research quality for universities and research bodies. Over the past 25 years he has secured and directed consultancy projects for: universities; the Higher Education Academy; the tourism industry; European, national and local governments; and NGOs. He has published extensively in the tourism and leisure studies journals and together with Trevor Jones of Cardiff University recently published an edited book on Tourism and Crime: Key Issues for Goodfellow Publishers (2010). In 2011 David was a visiting scholar at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University.

    Vincent Platenkamp is Associate Professor at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Understanding at the NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda, Netherlands. Vincent was educated in Belgium and the Netherlands graduating from the University of Amsterdam with masters degrees in sociology and philosophy, both with Cum Laude honours. From 1977 to 1980 he was a teaching assistant in the philosophy of science and in methodology at the University of Amsterdam and from 1981 to 1989 he worked in The Hague at Stichting SOSA, Haarlem University of Applied Science providing part-time education opportunities in human resource management and labour relations. Vincent joined the NHTV in 1988 and has been extensively involved in HRM, TQM and Cross-Cultural Studies projects in the Netherlands, Portugal, Indonesia, Thailand, Hungary, Poland, Cuba, Curacao and Bulgaria. For 20 years he has been strongly involved in the development of international higher education in tourism and in 2005 was awarded a PhD from Wageningen University for his study of the International Classroom of Tourism Studies. Vincent publishes in both philosophy and tourism studies journals in the Dutch, French and English languages.

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