From Idea to Published Book: How a Qualitative Tourism Research Book Came Together

This month we published Qualitative Methods in Tourism Research edited by Wendy Hillman and Kylie Radel. In this post the editors give us an insight into how the book came together, from the seed of an idea to publication!

Our book was imagined from an idea that there were no qualitative research books, or the juxtaposition between qualitative and quantitative methods, that is, mixed methods, in Channel View Publications’ Aspects of Tourism series. After much discussion with commissioning editors Sarah and Elinor, we finally put together a proposal for a book on qualitative research methods that are being used and adapted for tourism research. Putting together the original book proposal was relatively easy. However, the questions from the series editors were more difficult!  While they liked the outline of the book, they asked us to provide a bit more information on what would be in each chapter; information about the author of each chapter; and, they asked us to include a chapter on mixed methods, as they felt that readers would want to know how the two diametrically opposed positions of qualitative and quantitative analysis could be brought together.

This was an exciting time for us as, although we had written book chapters before, we had never edited a book, or edited a book together. The commissioning editors had the patience of saints, as we took quite a long time to find others to write chapters, extract their details and bios (from some of them) and put this all into an acceptable format for the newly evolving and extended book proposal. We began by approaching some well-established researchers in tourism that we knew well, and asked them to participate in chapters. This way we were able to find authors for four chapters. We were to write the introduction, a chapter on grounded theory, and the conclusion ourselves. So, we were able to account for seven chapters of the book already – this was exciting!

At the next Council of Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Educators (CAUTHE) conference, we decided to approach early career researchers in tourism; those who had not long graduated with their PhDs, or were in the process of completing their PhDs. This worked really well, and gave the opportunity for up and coming researchers to get “a foot in the door”. We then had eleven chapters, plus the introduction and the conclusion. This meant that we had developed a book that would provide a valuable contribution to research methods in tourism; one that brings together traditional qualitative positioning with current applications in the field.

Along the way, at least one of the authors did nothing, wrote nothing and sent us nothing. This was very disappointing for us. And others also experienced life changes, work struggles, health issues and a new addition to their family. At the following CAUTHE conference, another researcher promised to write one of the (now) missing chapters for us. This went well until we asked for the draft and it transpired there had been a misunderstanding: the author said they thought we wanted a systematic literature review, when we had asked for a chapter on a specific qualitative research approach. We’re not sure what happened there! Anyway, we carried on, wrote the additional chapters ourselves, co-wrote a chapter with one of our research students, and finally got the book to completion. Again, the commissioning editors were very, very patient; and for all their help and extremely good dispositions, we truly thank you!!

While all this took a long time, we have ended up with an excellent product. We have produced a qualitative research book that is distinctive, informative, up-to-date and of value to researchers in any community, not just that of tourism and hospitality research. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing and editing it! Happy reading and researching!

Dr Wendy Hillman

Central Queensland University, Australia

w.hillman@cqu.edu.au

Dr Kylie Radel

Central Queensland University, Australia

k.radel@cqu.edu.au

For more information about this book please see our website. If you found this interesting, you might also like Quantitative Methods in Tourism by Rodolfo Baggio and Jane Klobas. 

Book launch at the World Travel Market

All three editors speaking at the launch
All three editors speaking at the launch

Last week I attended the World Travel Market in London to attend a book launch for a couple of our recent titles. Dimitrios Buhalis, one of the editors of Trends in European Tourism Planning and Organisation and European Tourism Planning and Organisation Systems, organised a launch event for the books after the Tourism Futures Forum. All three editors of the books, Carlos Costa, Emese Panyik and Dimitrios Buhalis, attended the event as well as several chapter authors.

The co-editors with some of the contributors
The co-editors with some of the contributors

The tourism planning books are key titles from our Aspects of Tourism series and it was a great opportunity to showcase the books to a new audience. Two of the editors travelled from Portugal to be there and other authors came from the Czech Republic and Sweden. There were several short presentations giving the audience a taste of the book and introducing the main topics.

The Tourism Futures Forum was also an interesting opportunity to hear what industry professionals as well as leading tourism academics saw as the key trends for the future of tourism. Channel View author Ian Yeoman (author of 2050 – Tomorrow’s Tourism) whose main area of research is the future of tourism started off the forum which discussed various developments in tourism such as the use of technology on holiday, the search for ‘authenticity’ in foreign countries and businesses such as airbnb.

The Mexico stand at WTM
The Mexico stand at WTM

The World Travel Market is a key event for the travel industry and is attended by many thousands of travel professionals. All countries are represented and there are many spectacular displays exhibiting the attractions of many different destinations.

For more information about the books please see our website:
Trends in European Tourism Planning and Organisation
European Tourism Planning and Organisation Systems

Elinor

Trends in European Tourism Planning and Organisation

European Tourism Planning and Organisation Systems

Critical Debates in Tourism

Today marks the publication of Critical Debates in Tourism edited by Tej Vir Singh which is a comprehensive volume encompassing the key issues in tourism research. Tej Vir Singh is the founding Director of the Centre for Tourism Research and Development in Lucknow, India and established the Centre’s international journal Tourism Recreation Research.

This new volume brings together the key researchers in the field and provides a multidisciplinary examination of the fundamental debates of tourism studies. It covers topics ranging from the relevance of mass tourism, voluntourism, slow tourism, the impact of climate change, the dilemma of authenticity as well as tourism ethics. This book is unique in its format and will be an essential resource for tourism scholars and practitioners.

Noel Scott from the University of Queensland calls it: “A must for those wanting to get to grips with the key tourism debates” and John Tribe from the University of Surrey describes the volume as ” a fascinating book…highly recommended.”

Critical Debates in Tourism is part of our Aspects of Tourism series which aims to provide readers with the latest thinking on tourism world-wide and to push back the frontiers of tourism knowledge. For more information on this series or to discuss ideas for a proposal please contact the commissioning editor Elinor Robertson.

Lecturers who are considering using the book for the courses they’re teaching can order an inspection copy of the book by clicking here.

For further information on this title or any other books on tourism studies please see our website.