Authors: Morrison, A.M. and Buhalis, D.
Journal: Routledge Handbook of Trends and Issues in Global Tourism Supply and Demand
The main aim of the Routledge Handbook of Trends and Issues in Global Tourism is to provide a comprehensive and considered text on trends and issues within tourism worldwide. The following quote expresses the difficulties that exist in finding systematic and credible information on trends and issues: Pinpointing trends and issues in international tourism is challenging in itself as there are no books or comprehensive documentation sources for these data. The proverbial ‘searching for a needle in a haystack’ is a good metaphor for anyone trying to gather this information in order to look ahead. Also, the changes impacting tourism are so dynamic and often unpredictable that searching for trends and issues can be an endless and certainly is an ongoing task. (Morrison, 2021, p. 219) This situation was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic that began in early 2020 and whose effects continued through to 2022 and 2023. In fact, a concoction of trends and issues were already in play when the global public health crisis arrived; however, scholars were tending to treat these separately without duly considering their interrelationships and combined effects. Thus, the main reason for writing the Routledge Handbook on Trends and Issues in Global Tourism was to raise this theme from a peripheral and ad hoc topic to a mainstream subject in tourism and hospitality education and research, and in so doing address a gap in the market of related books.