Who is this book for?
This book has been written for anyone working, or planning to work, in the leisure, travel
and tourism industry, and who wants to develop their vocabulary for this line of work. The
various exercises throughout the book focus on the key vocabulary that you would expect
to understand and use on a day-to-day basis.
How should you use the book?
When you use this book, you should not go through the exercises mechanically. It is better
to choose areas that you are unfamiliar with, or areas that you feel are of specific interest or
importance to yourself.
The exercises are accompanied by a full answer key at the back of the book. This key also
gives you lots of other information that might be useful to you, as well as providing other
words (opposites, alternative words, etc) that are not covered in the exercises themselves.
There are also some tasks that will give you the opportunity to practise using the vocabulary
It is important to record new words and expressions that you learn. Try to develop your own
personal vocabulary 'bank' in a notebook or file. Review the words and expressions on a
regular basis so that they become an active part of your vocabulary.
The following books were consulted during the writing of this book, and you might find
them useful if you want to find out more about leisure, travel and tourism. The vocabulary
covered in this book is not completely exhaustive, so you will also find these sources very
helpful if you want to develop your travel vocabulary further:
Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism (Bloomsbury Publishing, 0-7475-7222-4)
Dictionary of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality (S. Medlik, Butterworth Heinemann,
Tourism Management (Stephen J Page, Butterworth Heinemann, 0-7506-5752-9)
An Introduction to Tourism (Leonard J Lickorish and Carson L Jenkins, Elsevier,
In Search of Hospitality (Edited by Conrad Lashley and Alison Morrison, Butterworth
The International Hospitality Industry (Edited by Bob Brotherton, Butterworth
Check your Vocabulary series (various authors, Bloomsbury)
The author also made use of a large range of travel- and tourism-related websites on the
Internet, as well as holiday brochures and other information freely available from travel
agencies and tour operators.