Family Tourism Multidisciplinary Perspectives Edited by: Heike A. Schänzel, Ian Yeoman, Elisa Backer

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20 Jul 2012
Aspects of Tourism
Channel View Publications
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Key features

- The first compendium of family tourism holding a summary of contemporary information relating to the study of families in tourism now and into the future

- Provides an academic foundation to families in tourism by way of a conceptual framework, definition, theorisation, contextualisation and as a social lens

- Presents a comprehensive, cutting edge multi-disciplinary, global and future-orientated approach to understanding families on holiday that acknowledges their sociality, domesticity, fluidity, multi-dimensionality and ideology


The family remains at the emotional heart of society, and makes up a significant proportion of the tourism market. However, the concept of family has changed over the decades and there are now different types of families that have their own unique attributes and needs. Families may have one parent or two, who may or may not be of different genders. This cutting-edge book constructs a multidisciplinary perspective on family tourism by discussing various types of families; how parents and children influence travel behaviours now and in the future and how family holidays may also be linked to stress. Family Tourism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives provides a compilation of issues from academic writers around the globe, to provide a range of perspectives linked by a common theme of family tourism with a futures perspective.


The family, in many countries, is in a state of flux and their vacation patterns have changed significantly in recent years. This book provides a comprehensive picture of the family on holiday, past, present and future. The authors fill a gaping hole in the academic and practitioner literature and this book will be an invaluable resource for students and professionals alike.

- Tom Baum, University of Strathclyde, UK

This book addresses a much under-researched aspect of contemporary life. Family tourism represents a major aspect of all leisure travel, yet little systematic research has, until now, been undertaken on the various forms of the family and their experiences of tourism. This book represents a systematic approach to the subject and is written in an accessible and interesting manner. I heartily recommend it to all those interested in tourism and in the family.

- Conrad Lashley, Oxford Brookes University, UK

This book breaks new ground by bringing together a range of well-respected researchers from around the world to delve into the concept of family tourism from their individual knowledge base, so as to develop a multiple disciplinary focus to the study of family tourism. I am sure in a short time this book will be required reading, not only for students of tourism, but also for those who work in tourism marketing and want to better understand their markets.

- Brian Hay, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK

This book on family tourism is a welcome contribution to tourism studies through its discussion of this hitherto forgotten, but significant market. The interesting collection highlights the pleasures and stresses of family travel, the social exclusion of some groups, and the creativity required by the industry to provide for the family whose structure and requirements are ever changing.

- Jennie Small, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Family Tourism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives provides a concise look at timely and important topics related largely to tourism studies, but also brings in ideas and research from family leisure, sociology, gender studies, and marketing. Professors, graduate students, and researchers looking to update their knowledge of specific or niche tourism topics, or to better understand the interdisciplinary nature of their field, will find this to be a useful text...Overall, the editors have crafted a book of well-written and sourced, timely, and interesting chapters on topics not often addressed in the tourism literature, but that are important issues and trends in the field.

- Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 41, pp. 251–252, 2013 - Keri A. Schwab, University of Utah, USA

This is probably the first book dedicated to addressing family tourism issues. As such, it is an appropriate contribution to tourism education and research...this book offers an informative introduction for postgraduates and new researchers who are interested in investigating issues in family and tourism.

- Tourism Recreation Research Vol. 38, No. 2, 2013 - Catheryn S.C. Khoo-Lattimore, Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, Malaysia

Family Tourism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives gives a welcome stage on which to examine some of the aspects of the family tourism experience. This is clearly a book that provides a grounding in families and their tourism experiences and highlights a wide array of potential and important future research avenues. As such, the book represents a text that should be read by all those researchers (from Professors to Honours students and everyone in-between) looking at the family in the context of tourism and hospitality. While the book is clearly primarily aimed at the academic research market, the ideas set out within it still represent something that should appeal to the leaders and innovators of the tourism and hospitality industries.

- Hospitality & Society, 2013, Volume 3, Number 2 - Neil Carr, University of Otago, New Zealand

This book is an essential read for all in the tourism industry, the public and private sectors, as well as NGOs. Family tourism continues to shape and impact our travel behaviours, decisions, and purchasing patterns. Therefore, understanding and appreciating these ever changing dynamics will allow us to better actively engage with, meet, and respond to the needs of family tourism.

- Annals of Leisure Research, 2013, Vol. 16, No. 2, 175-176 - D’Arcy Dornan, La Rochelle Business School, France

Family Tourism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives is a solid starting point in redefining families and family tourism for the 21st century. It provides a workable frame for conducting research into the topic and demonstrates the potential for family tourism studies to inform and influence research in sociology and family studies, thereby improving the status and acceptance of tourism studies in general. It seems well poised to meet its aim of stimulating debate and research into the broad field of family tourism and stands, therefore, as a timely and welcome contribution to the literature.

- Tourism Analysis, Vol. 19, pp. 125–128 (2014) - Gary Lacey, Monash University, Australia

Author Biography:

Heike Schänzel is a lecturer in Tourism Studies at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. Her doctoral thesis on family holiday experiences won an award and resulted in several academic journal publications.

Ian Yeoman is Associate Professor of Tourism Futures at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and allegedly the world’s only professional crystal ball gazer or futurologist specialising in travel and tourism.

Elisa Backer is a senior lecturer at The Business School, University of Ballarat, Australia. She is now considered a leading world expert in the field of VFR travel.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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