Subject – Tourism, Hospitality and Events key resources


Below you’ll find a list of key resources for tourism, hospitality and events. You can access many resources via Discover on the Library website, but will also find relevant resources from the Institute of Hospitality, in public libraries and freely available online.

An increasing number of resources are being made available for free online through open access publishing. You will find some links to relevant open access information below.

The Library subscribes to journals chosen by the Faculty that you can access in print and online via Discover. We’ve put the most commonly used together in a list using My Module Resources.

Essential Tourism, Hopsitality & Events journals.

This list is tagged by subject and includes journals within our own subscription and journals included as part of our membership to the Institute of Hospitality. We’ve also included some open access journals that are available for free online.

It’s best to use Discover to find academic journal articles because it will search many of our databases at once, but if you wish to visit a specific database you will need to use Discover A-to-Z. Below are just a few which are particularly useful for tourism, hospitality and events.

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Business Source Elite
Business Source Elite provides full text access to nearly 1,100 full text business and management publications and more than 10,000 company profiles from Market Line. Particular topics that tourism, hospitality and events students will find include service quality, marketing, human resources and leadership.

Emerald Library
Emerald provides full text access to journals across a range of subject areas including tourism and hospitality, marketing, HR and organizational behaviour, public policy and sociology.

Science Direct
ScienceDirect provides full text access to journals across a number of disciplines. Topics include, tourism, hospitality, marketing and consumer services.

Passport (Euromonitor International)
Passport provides international market research. This database holds company profiles and statistics, monitors industry trends and provides strategic analsyis on industries such as travel and tourism and consumer food service.

Help using Passport


IBISWorld provides industry intelligence that analyses the environment of over 400 UK industries using the five-digit level of the UK Standard Industrial Classification (UKSIC).

Each industry report provides detailed performance data and analysis on the market, supply chain, operating strengths and weaknesses, external drivers, major player market strategies, industry profit and cost structure benchmarks.

Help using IBISWorld

Access to Research at public libraries

Lots of tourism, hospitality and events journals that we do not subscribe to are available for free at public libraries through the Access to Research Scheme.

Examples include:

  • Journal of travel research (1999-present)
  • Journal of policy research in tourism, leisure and events (1997-present)
  • Special events galore! (2001 -present)
  • Information technology and tourism (2014-present)
  • Environment and Planning A (1974-present)
  • Cornell hospitality quarterly (1999-present)

There are many more – a keyword search for tourism returns 30 journal titles.

What is access to research?
Access to Research gives free, walk-in access to over 10 million academic articles in participating public libraries across the UK. A lot of libraries in our region participate in the scheme including Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre, Gateshead Central Library, Newcastle City Library. Many others including branch libraries do too.

How to use Access to Research
Check if your local library participates in the scheme. You can do this on the Access to Research website. You’ll need to visit your public library and use their computers, but if you do you’ll have free access to many journals that you can use alongside our own subscriptions.

LexisNexis contains a news database of full-text UK regional, national and broadsheet newspapers.  Coverage goes back as far as January 1982 to the present day for some titles, although this varies by publication.

Access LexisLibrary via Discover

Institute of Hospitality
Tourism, hospitality and events students at the University of Sunderland can join the Institute of Hospitality as individual student members. Benefits include:

  • access to the Institutes e-resources collection
  • free webinars
  • it will look great on your CV and help your employability

To join the Institute of Hospitality email your librarian Leanne Young ( and you will receive the login details you need to create your own account.

We’ve gathered resources from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in one My Module Resources list. On this list you’ll find titles available in the library as well as resources that are freely available.
World Tourism Organization titles.

EThOS (e-theses online service) –  from the British Library
EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service with approximately 400,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Around 160,000 of these also provide access to the full text.

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge where the author has opted to publish as open access. This includes international Universities.
National Statistics UK is the “official UK statistics site” from the Office of National Statistics including statistics on travel and tourism, the economy, the census, population, and links to statistics from government departments.

A list of freely available resources identified by your liaison librarian, particularly reports and online magazines for tourism, hospitality & events students.

Free Web Based Resources

Examples of free resources include:

  •  Music Tourism Reports for 2015 and 2016
  •  Hotel Britain – annual reports ranging from  2013-2016 on UK hotel performance

Big Hospitality
The latest news on the hospitality industry and key people and businesses.

Visit Britain
The national tourism agency  which ” plays a unique role in building England’s tourism product, raising Britain’s profile worldwide, increasing the volume and value of tourism exports and developing England and Britain’s visitor economy”

UNESCO World Heritage
United Nations organization seeking to identify, protect and preserve cultural and natural heritage.

UNWTO (World Tourism Organization
United nations agency responsible for promoting responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism. They organise many conferences worldwide and many of their publications are available for free.

If you’ve got a suggestion for a key T.H.E. resource that we should add to this page, contact the tourism librarian Leanne Young

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