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Leisure Tourism

Your source for all tourism, leisure and hospitality information

CABI’s case study database - Tourism Cases, is a window into the world of tourism development. To search cases and find out more on how to read online, download PDFs and access teaching notes visit Tourism Cases at: 

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At CABI we’re focused on providing the best user experience we can, helping you find answers to your questions quickly, easily and accurately.

For help on using the LeisureTourism Database and its various features, we have produced a number of training resources which can be found below. As well as these handy materials we also conduct live online training webinars to demonstrate common tasks and introduce the various site features available. To see our webinar calendar and to register for a place, please visit our training page.

Our training team also provide an on-site training service. These live product demonstrations help teach multiple staff members the various features of the LeisureTourism Database and other subscription products at your location. Please contact your CABI sales representative or email our training team for further information.

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User Guide

LTDB user guide

This comprehensive user guide explains how to perform common tasks such as site searches, refining results and advanced field searching as well as unique features including MyLeisureTourism. It also provides useful reference lists for when performing more advanced tasks such as field tags and subject codes.

Video Training

LeisureTourism Training video

Introduction and simple searching
This series of videos will provide an overview about navigation around the site, simple searching and how to use smart searches to create complex searches.



Quick help guide


There are a number of ways to perform a search in the LeisureTourism Database. You can search using the main search box that appears on every page. Or for more detailed searching of the Abstracts Database, use the blue button to take you to the Advanced Search page where you can select fields such as author, keyword or publication source (e.g. Journal title) to use in your search.

With the main Site Search, you simply describe the subject of your search as you would in any popular search engine. You can also perform more complex searches here using Boolean logic (AND, OR, NOT) N.B. always place the Boolean logic in uppercase / capital letters).

Use quotes to search for an exact set of words such as "marine tourism".

You can also use bracketing so that certain parts of your search are performed together e.g. (ecotourism OR “wildlife tourism”) AND (Africa OR Asia).

To exclude materials you do not want you can select the type of information that you want by clicking on the "filter by type" box; whether it be abstracts, books, CABI held full text documents, datasheets, events, miscellaneous items, news articles or reviews.

To search for an author use the format au:"Simpson, D." For a specific publication, use the format do:("journal of sustainable tourism"). Countries or states can be found by gl:(South africa).

Topic Pages

Near the top of the page (below the CABI logo) there are buttons that take you to topic pages, which focus on information relevant to each topic.

When you go to a particular topic page (e.g. hospitality) any search is automatically limited to that particular topic (as defined by our subject experts). To search within other topic areas click the "search within topic" box and select the appropriate topic you wish to search. If all boxes are deselected then a complete site search is performed.

On the search results page filter your search further by adding additional terms from the right hand column.

Smart Searches

We have also launched the Smart Search feature. You will find this on the large tab above the search box.

These are searches on key topics created by our experts to save you time. We will create new Smart Searches if you request them and these will be made available to all users from this tab. 


This personalisation feature will provide you with your own workspace within LeisureTourism to:

  • save both individual and numerous records
  • export your saved records 
  • save your searches
  • subscribe to saved searches via RSS and e-mail alerts so that you are made aware of the latest content
eBook MARC records

To download MARC records for CAB eBooks available from your subscription visit These are whole book, full-level MARC records, created using the RDA cataloguing standard,  authorized Library of Congress subject headings, and Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification numbers. 

CAB Thesaurus

Use the CAB Thesaurus, our controlled vocabulary used to index all database records, to choose the best terms to search bibliographic records on the Leisure Tourism Database.


Subscribe to the Leisure Tourism Database

Subscribe to the Leisure Tourism Database and access the most comprehensive database available of global research in all aspects of leisure, tourism, hospitality and recreation, plus news and research updates and full text access to almost 2,400 book chapters from CABI’s acclaimed tourism book collection.

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