Seriously Misguided: Mapping a Research Agenda for the Travel Guidebook in Contemporary Tourism

Victoria Peel, Anders Sorensen, Adam Steen

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The ubiquitous presence of the guidebook at travel sites worldwide and, in some cases, its status as an icon of contemporary tourism, is widely accepted. However, while frequently mentioned in passim in the tourism research literature, tourist guidebooks have received little focused scrutiny. This exploratory analysis of the guidebook as it is represented through both the tourism literature and the popular press argues for a more rigorous examination of the guidebook phenomenon in modern tourism. The paper presents a research agenda highlighting guidebook users and utility, and the cultural and economic functioning of guidebooks in tourism past, present and future as productive lines of inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Annual Conference Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)
Place of PublicationAdelaide, SA
PublisherUniversity of South Australia
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780987050700
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventCAUTHE 2011: 21st CAUTHE Conference - University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 08 Feb 201111 Feb 2011


ConferenceCAUTHE 2011
Abbreviated titleTourism – Creating a Brilliant Blend
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