Some three years ago we decided that a book about qualitative research in tourism would make a useful contribution to the field as we had both had to rely heavily on qualitative methodology books from outside tourism when developing ideas for our PhDs. We put together a tentative proposal and sent it to Routledge for their consideration. Since that time the scope of the project has widened considerably. With the encouragement of Routledge and anonymous reviewers we approached a number of established tourism researchers around the world and asked them to make specific contributions exploring key social science research concepts in relation to the study of tourism. We are grateful for the enthusiasm with which the majority of them accepted the challenge offered them.
The successful completion of this project and its metamorphosis from an edited book of accounts of qualitative tourism research in the United Kingdom, to a collection of contributions considering the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative tourism research and how the theory is applied in practice in the field, is in no small part due to the efforts of a range of individuals. First and foremost, our contributors, to whom thanks are due for their thought-provoking contributions and passion for the project. Second to Routledge for being prepared to take on such a ground-breaking project and take a risk on two relatively unknown writers. Third to the reviewers, with whom we have not always agreed but who have provided us with extremely useful guidance on turning what was originally a disparate collection of papers to what we now hope is a coherent book. Finally, thanks are due to friends, family and colleagues, who have given us encouragement and support throughout the whole process.