Tourism research in and about Tibet: employing a system for reviewing regional tourism studies

Wu, Mao-Ying, and Pearce, Philip (2012) Tourism research in and about Tibet: employing a system for reviewing regional tourism studies. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 12 (2). pp. 59-72.

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Abstract

This study reviews tourism research in and about Tibet, China. The work uses a bibliometric approach and seeks to compare domestic tourism research with a Tibetan focus to the overall Chinese efforts in tourism study. International scholarly activities pertaining to Tibet were also considered. The approach follows Hsu et al. (2010) and offers a model for assessing tourism studies in many developing regions and destinations. Key topics for analysis included such factors as time lines, disciplinary approaches, study themes, data collection techniques, tools of analysis, and authorship patterns. In the Tibetan case a pragmatic, macro-level and applied approach to research was identified. Opportunities exist for more small-scale studies of tourism businesses, further analysis of the politics inherent in tourism strategies, more work on the tourism issues in the main destination of Lhasa, better national and international cooperation and the application of more refined statistical and interpretive techniques.

Item ID: 25138
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-9692
Keywords: tourism research, regional development, nationality and research, benchmarking comparisons, Tibet
Funders: Australian Endeavour Awards, James Cook University
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2013 05:00
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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