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A kaleidoscope of tourism research:

Insights from the International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT)

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Edited By Michael Lück and Claire Liu

The International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT) covers a wide range of research expertise in the fields of tourism, hospitality and events management. ICNT’s sixth book showcases a kaleidoscope of tourism and hospitality topics, ranging from tourism education to sustainable tourism, wildlife tourism, Brexit and tourism, and to travel intermediation, tourist motivation and experiences. The book explains the way tourism and hospitality are understood in different countries around the world. Consequently, this book stimulates thought and discussion on tourist experiences and management, from the viewpoint of various stakeholders. It provides a wealth of new knowledge and will be a valuable resource for students, academics, researchers and industry members alike.

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Since 2007, ICNT partners from all corners of the world have met annually at one of the member university’s home, presented and discussed a wide array of tourism issues, and explored the local areas, sampling tourism products. This group of dedicated tourism researchers is as diverse as a tourism group can be, but they have one thing in common: A passion for the tourism and hospitality industry, sustainable development and operations, teaching and learning, and a love for people. This diversity is fascinating, and regularly results in publications that are as diverse as the authors. This is the 6th volume stemming from the work of ICNT partners, which is published as part of the overall book series of the Institute for Management and Tourism (IMT) (renamed in September 2020 to German Institute for Tourism Research) at the West Coast University for Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany. Previous volumes covered topics, such as national park tourism (Eilzer et al., 2008), global tourism experiences (Eilzer et al, 2011), social aspects of tourism (Lück et al, 2015), perspectives on destination management and tourist experiences (Lück et al., 2016), and multi-stakeholder perspectives in tourism (Ali & Hull, 2018). This volume once again showcases a kaleidoscope of tourism and hospitality topics, ranging from tourism education, to sustainable tourism, wildlife tourism, crises in tourism, and to travel intermediation, and tourist motivation and experiences.

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