Travel and Tourism Industry Guide


This guide contains resources that are useful when researching the tourism and travel industry. The guide will include reference books, databases, periodicals, and websites about the industry.


Standard & Poor’s Industry Survey

  • Format: Online Database
  • Accessible through Market Insight
  • Select Industry, and then choose “Lodging & Gaming” from the drop-down menu. Covers United States industries only.

Mergent Online Industry Reports

  • Connect to Mergent Online, then select Industry Reports, then choose “Hospitality & Tourism”
    • Currently only covers North America
  • The Aviation Industry Report might help as well, as those reports cover Asia Pacific, Europe, Global, and North America.

Travel & Tourism Market Research Yearbook

  • Format: Online Industry Reports
  • Accessible through Business Source Complete
  • Contains over 400 pages of reports, statistics, and more.  Covers niche tourism topics, such as “bicycle tourism”.
  • This link will take you to the ALICE record for the publication. Click on the Full Text link in ALICE, and then browse to the latest issue.


Compendium of Tourism Statistics

  • Format: Reference Book
  • Location: Ref. G155.A1 T5896 Ref. Stacks
  • Link to Compendium of Tourism Statistics in the ALICE Online Catalog.
  • Provides statistical information on tourism in 208 countries and territories
  • Inbound tourism data includes data on arrivals, arrivals by region, arrivals by means of transport, arrivals by purpose of visit, accommodation, tourism expenditure in the country.
  • Outbound tourism includes tourism expenditure in other countries.
  • Also other data on the tourism industry.

Plunkett’s Airline, Hotel & Travel Industry Center

  • Format: Online Database
  • Access via Plunkett Research Online
  • Contains Market Research & Trends, Statistics (for the U.S.), Company Profiles, Associations/Organizations, Company Contacts, and Glossary.

Yearbook of Tourism Statistics

  • Format: Reference Book
  • Location: Ref. G149 .I73
  • Link to Yearbook of Tourism Statistics in the ALICE Online Catalog.
  • “Presents for 206 countries and territories data on total arrivals and overnight stays associated to inbound tourism with breakdown by country of origin. “(Introduction)

Market Research

Passport GMID

  • Go to Passport GMID
  • Format:  Online Database
  • Once you open Passport GMID, look for the Travel and Tourism link underneath the Industries link in the navigation menu at the top of the page. On the Travel and Tourism page you will find plenty of links to reports, statistics, forecasts.  This is a wonderful resource, as it covers all major international markets.

Domestic Outlook for Travel & Tourism

  • Format: Reference Book
  • Location: Ref. G155.U6 T726x
  • Link to Domestic Outlook for Travel & Tourism in the ALICE Online Catalog
  • Covers demographic and travel trends, outlook for the coming year, and information about established and emerging markets.

Domestic Travel Market Report

  • Format: Reference Book
  • Location: Ref. G155.U6 T87x
  • Link to Domestic Travel Market Report in the ALICE Online Catalog
  • This annually published report provides information on U.S. households taking trips within the U.S. during the previous year.

Mintel Oxygen

  • Go to Mintel Oxygen
  • Online Database
  • Offers market research reports for a variety of consumer products and services.
  • For U.S. travel, browse to the Travel reports, where you will find over 30 reports in this area.
  • For international travel, browse to the International Reports or use the Quick Search feature.


Sherri Saines has created a very nice list of journals and magazines that cover the subject of tourism. You can find her list on her Tourism Journals page.

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