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Appendix B Research Resources.

The following resources are available in various formats: print-based, CD-ROM, and online.

* The Weissmann Travel Reports is one of the most comprehensive geography reference tools anywhere. Even the world's most obscure countries receive pages of treatment. Every company that deals with travel should subscribe to this.

* The World Travel Guide gives enormous detail--including information for business travel--about virtually every nation on earth. Its color layout is impressive. Also a "must" research tool.

* The Star Service analyzes hotels across the world in extreme detail. The Official Hotel Guide (OHG) and The Hotel & Travel Index (HTI) both give information on thousands of hotels.

* Travel guidebook series:

** Fodor and Frommer are fine all-purpose guides. These publishers also have created separate lines of guides for more budget-minded clients.

** Berlitz Pocket Guides manage to compress an amazing amount of detail into their compact books.

** The Lonely Planet Series takes a somewhat counterculture look at places many other guidebooks neglect.

** Access and Michelin Green Guides stress history, art, and architecture. Their beautiful graphic presentation makes them especially easy to consult.

** Insight and Eyewitness Guides also examine the history and culture of a destination, but with the added benefit of high-quality color photographs.

** The Let's Go, Rough Guide, Time Out, and Off the Beaten Path series treat the particular needs of student, budget, young, and independent travelers.

* The Eurail Guide contains handy descriptions of railroad routes--not only for Europe, but for many other countries.

* The Business Travel Planner is a reference resource that gives much information that other sources miss--such as golf course locations, airport maps, transfer services, and facilities for the physically challenged.

* The Columbus Guide to World Tourist Attractions is a unique compendium of the world's most important sites. It gives not only useful descriptions, but also opening times, admission fees, and addresses.

* The Destination Specialist Series, created by the Institute of Certified Travel Agents, is an admirable group of texts that focus on destinations. At the moment, 11 volumes exist: North America, Western Europe, the Caribbean, the Pacific Rim, Latin America, Africa, Corporate Travel Geography, Specialty Travel, Eastern Europe, China, and Hawaii.

* The World Factbook, published by the Central Intelligence Agency, is a little-known resource that contains a wealth of information.

* Travel trade magazines (such as TravelAge West, Travel Agent, Cruise and Vacation Views, and Travel Weekly) and tourist bureau materials are often excellent sources of up-to-date information. In addition to search engines, Web site addresses for most country and many regional tourist bureaus can be found at www.towd.com.

* Health and Political Advisories are regularly issued by the U.S. State Department. You should consult them whenever foreign travel is involved.

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Marc Mancini, PhD

Department of Travel

West Los Angeles College

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