Subject – Key Resources for Tourism

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Key Resources for Hospitality, Events, Aviation & Tourism

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.

Resources Spotlight

This page brings together lots of hints and tips about using the library resources for your studies and research. Browse through the tabs as each one highlights a different set of key resources within Hospitality, Events, Aviation and Tourism.


Books and ebooks in the collection reflect titles on your My Module Resources lists but also offer titles for wider reading. For wider reading you can use the Library Catalogue to search for specific titles, author names or keywords.

Accessing ebooks

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Poster outlining the shelf marks of Tourism, hospitality, events & aviation

Hospitality, Events, Aviation & Tourism books are based at St. Peter’s Library

Keep in mind these shelf numbers are just for guidance. You will need to use the Library Catalogue to find the specific shelf number. Some titles may be shelved at different numbers due to the interdisciplinary nature of the subject for example it is likely that you will find lots of useful books in the business section of the library if you’re studying human resources, leadership or marketing.

You’ll find introductory textbooks, along with titles on specific subjects such as:

  • Tourism: heritage, destination branding, critical tourism, dark tourism and more…
  • Hospitality: marketing, gastronomy, human resources and more…
  • Events: festivals, planning, creative industries and more…
  • Aviation: sustainability, safety & security, aviation management and more…

The books you see on the shelves at St. Peter’s or the Murray Libraries represent part of the collection. Many of our titles are available online. Where possible the library purchase ebooks because they increase accessibility for students both on campus and off campus.

What books have the library purchased recently?

The library have purchased a number of books for hospitality, events, aviation and tourism over the last year which you can view on our New Books lists: New Books 2019/20  | New Books 2020/21

Academic journals & articles (University of Sunderland collection)

Databases contain academic journal articles (and often other types of sources such as  industry reports and ebooks). University of Sunderland Library subscribes to a subject database called Hospitality & Tourism Complete.

Hospitality & Tourism Complete

Hospitality & Tourism Complete is a full-text database covering all areas of hospitality and tourism, including hospitality law, market trends, food and beverage management and hotel management.

The Library also subscribes to a lot of other multidisciplinary databases which provide journals for lots of subjects,. The most effective way of searching is to use Library Search via the Library website so that you can search across all available sources, but if you choose to browse, you will find some of the important journals listed on the right.

Most journals are available online although some are also in print at St. Peter’s Library. Some will be specifically about tourism, others may be from related subjects (such as marketing, human resources etc).

Starting your search

Start your search at the library web page. Enter your title or keywords into the library search box and choose the ‘Journal Articles’ button. You will be taken to Discover where you can review and filter your results.

Help Searching for journals and articles on Discover

Where else can you find academic journal articles?

Although we recommend you begin your search on Discover via the library home page, you may wish to continue your search using some other resources.

Journal articles on Google Scholar

We recommend using the Discover search on the Library web page initially but Google Scholar can be a great search tool for finding open access journal articles.

Google Scholar-search




What are open access articles?

Open access articles are freely available to view – sometimes journals themselves are entirely open access and sometimes the author has paid a charge to make their particular article open access. Some of the articles you find on Google Scholar may not necessarily be the published version, rather it may be the authors final version that they submitted before publisher logos etc. may not be added. In terms of content they will likely be the same.

What is the difference between Google Scholar and Discover?

Discover is searching and prioritising the resources we subscribe to. Google Scholar may search wider resources and you get more results but you will have access to the same articles regardless of which tool you use. Google results will be organised in a different order and it is more likely that you will find articles where you cannot access the full text.

Keep in mind that when you use Google Scholar, you will only be able to access the full article if it is open access or it is included within Sunderland subscriptions.

Help using Google Scholar

Journal articles at public libraries (Access to Research)

Many public libraries opt-in to a scheme called Access to Research which gives access to academic research to members of the public – and students can benefit from this too.

We’ve listed some of the titles available in public libraries on the Academic Journals for THE My Module Resources list for example:

  • Cornell Hospitality Quarterly (1999-present)
  • Information Technology and Tourism (2014-present)
  • International Journal of Tourism Research (1999-present)
  • Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events (1997-present)
  • Tourism and Hospitality Research (1999-present)

There are many more – a keyword search on the Access to Research website 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.

Industry & Market Research

Industry Reports on IBISWorld

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, leading competitors, operating strengths and weaknesses, external drivers, major player market strategies, industry profit and cost structure benchmarks. Examples of relevant industry reports include:

  • Caravan & Camping Sites in the UK
  • Catering Services in the UK
  • Full-Service Restaurants in the UK
  • Hotels in the UK
  • Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities in the UK
  • Tour Operators in the UK

City travel briefings on Euromonitor Passport

Travel performance in key destinations with information on lodging, travel modes, travel flows, infrastructure and leading developments and activities. Recent City Travel Briefings include:

  • Tokyo (Apr 2020)
  • Berlin (Feb 2020)
  • Prague (Mar 2019)
  • Paris (Nov 2018)
  • London (Oct 2018)
  • Barcelona (Sep 2018)

Check Euromonitor Passport to view all City Travel Briefings.

Country Reports on Euromonitor Passport

Country Reports are briefings that provide analysis of market research on topics related to the tourism, hospitality and events industry in a specific country. Recent example from September 2020 include:

  • Tourism Flows in the United Kingdom (Sep 2020)
  • Travel in the United Kingdom (Sep 2020)
  • Lodging in the United Kingdom (Sep 2020)
  • Airlines in the United Kingdom

There are similar reports for other countries such as India, Canada, the US, and Germany.


Global Reports on market trends on Euromonitor Passport

Analysis of latest market trends and new product activity which examine the market from a global and regional perspective. Recent briefings include:

  • The Impact of Coronavirus on Travel and Tourism (Sept 2020)
  • Future of Travel 2040 (June 2020)
  • Travel Activities and Experiences: The Final Battleground (Dec 2019)
  • Consumer Foodservice Global Industry Overview (Jul 2019)

Company information on Euromonitor Passport or Marketline Company Profiles

Company profiles detail the market position and financial performance of leading international companies. Profiles relevant to tourism include companies in the hotel, airline and travel intermediary industries. Recent company profile from Euromonitor Passport include…

  • Airbnb Inc
  • Marriott International Inc 
  • Ryanair
  • Expedia

Newsstream from Proquest contains online full-text access to UK regional, national and broadsheet newspapers as well as many top international titles.

Coverage goes back as far as the 1980s for some publications but this varies by titles.  Access Newsstream via Discover A-to-Z

Other ideas on how to research the news can be found here.

Statistics & Data
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.
Visit Britain published many reports that provide statistics and data on many aspects of tourism in Britain such as inbound tourism, sector research, consumer behavior, business research, and more…

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


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.

Theses (PhDs, Prof Docs)

PhD theses can be useful sources of unpublished information. University of Sunderland theses are added to the Sunderland Repository. You may find theses from other universities via EThOS or PQDT Open.

SURE (Sunderland Repository)
Search research written by University of Sunderland staff.

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.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses
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

Open Access Resources

European Travel Commission
Representing the National Tourism Organisations of the countries of Europe the ETC conduct research and publish reports that are available to download for free.

OECD Tourism Papers
OECD “analyse and monitor policies and structural changes affecting the development of domestic and international tourism”.

Our World in Data

Our World in Data is an open access site with thousands of researchers reviewing and sharing “research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems” such as poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, war, existential risks, and inequality”.

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

Visit Britain
Visit Britian is the national touism agency that produces reports and statistics on tourism in Britain

World Tourism Organization titles.

The World Tourism Organization makes quite a lot of their publications freely available to download.

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 Travel & Tourism Council
WTTC “publishes research in a number of other areas within the Travel & Tourism sector such as overcrowding, taxation, policy-making, and others”.

British Standards

The University of Sunderland subscribes to British Standards Online where you can download standards such as:

  • BS 8406:2003 – Event stewarding and crowd safety services. Code of practice.
  • PAS 51:2004 – Guide to industry best practice for organizing outdoor events.
  • BS ISO 20121:2012 – Event sustainability management systems: Requirements with guidance for use
  • BS 7909:2011 – Code of practice for temporary electrical systems for entertainment and related purposes

How to access British Standards

On the Library web page, click on ‘Databases A-Z’ and find British Standards in the alphabetical list. When you click on it, you will be asked to login if you’re off campus. Once you’re logged in you can search by number (eg. BS 8406:2003) or you could try searching for a keyword search such as ‘event management’.

In essence, a standard is an agreed way of doing something. It could be about making a product, managing a process, delivering a service or supplying materials – standards can cover a huge range of activities undertaken by organizations and used by their customers.
Definition from the BSI website

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an on-demand TV & Radio streaming service for education and research. It contains over 2 million broadcasts from over 65 free-to-air channels including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and more.  You can find a complete list of channels here .

BoB offers transcripts, which would be helpful for accessibility, language comprehension, quoting for essays, as well as scriptwriting. Transcripts are fully searchable by keyword

So what types of things can you find on BoB?

BoB is great for documentaries that would have been aired on TV and radio shows. Some examples include:

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