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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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Tourism and Political Crises: An Analysis of British Holiday Planning in Times of “Brexit”

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Anne Köchling,Julian ReifandRebekka Weis

On 23 June, 2016, a referendum was held in the United Kingdom (UK) in which the citizens were given the chance to vote on whether the UK would remain a member of the European Union (EU). Fifty-two percent of the British voted for the UK to leave the EU; the voter participation, at 72 %, turned out to be quite high in comparison with the last parliamentary elections (Elmer et al., 2016). The background for the referendum was the increasing dissatisfaction of the British with the “open borders” policy of the EU (Theurer, 2016a) as well as dissatisfaction with the push for stronger interdependence between the EU member countries (dpa, 2016). The financial markets had already noticed a sizable negative impact on the value of the British pound a few days before the EU referendum (Theurer, 2016b). This trend continued after the decision was made. In the autumn of 2016, the lowest value of the pound since 1985 was recorded in the wake of a speech by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, in which she announced her planned hard course for the EU exit negotiations (Zeit online, 2016).

In addition to the fundamental political and economic consequences, the impact of the EU referendum on the tourism market has been controversially debated as British guests form a major target group for many EU countries. The fallen exchange rate for the pound against the Euro, in particular, makes trips to other...

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