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Hello,
I am writing my BA thesis about the trend of "medical wellness" in the sector of health tourism.
Therefore, I am looking for literature in this field, specifically about health tourism and medical wellness tourism in general as well as the differentiation of target groups attracted to it.
I am very thankful for any literature recommendations.
Thank you in advance.
Noemi
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My searches have found these so far:
Zhong L, Deng B, Morrison AM, Coca-Stefaniak JA, Yang L. Medical, Health and Wellness Tourism Research-A Review of the Literature (1970-2020) and Research Agenda. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Oct 16;18(20):10875. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182010875.
Béland D, Zarzeczny A. Medical tourism and national health care systems: an institutionalist research agenda. Global Health. 2018 Jul 16;14(1):68. doi: 10.1186/s12992-018-0387-0.
Park J, Ahn J, Yoo WS. The Effects of Price and Health Consciousness and Satisfaction on the Medical Tourism Experience. J Healthc Manag. 2017 Nov/Dec;62(6):405-417. doi: 10.1097/JHM-D-16-00016.
Are the topics/articles the type you are looking for?
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Is there any research out there which someone tried to identify potential similarities of the tourist behaviour by a country in terms of sustainability?
For example, the Russians respect this but not this, the scandinavians mostly do this when in holiday and goes on...
I did a quick search in Google scholar but researchers doesnt seem to divide the tourists for simplier subjects than this. I understand that some countries are too big to have similarities but am asking if this idea have ever implement in some way.
Should this lead to a potential research about sustainability educations in each country?
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I follow this topic.
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Labor Reforms in Saudi Arabia under Its Vision 2030 aims to address the problem, two of my research papers are based on the subject.
1) EXPLORING SAUDI REASONS FOR ECONOMIC REFORMS AND NEED TO STUDY THE SOCIAL IMPACT FOR ITS SUCCESS
2) 'Nitaqat' Law: Labor Market Reforms in KSA and its Impact
In continuation of it, I would like to discuss points that could address Gulf countries position and highlight future struggles for economic resources.
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The only solution is to expand the development of other economic sectors to avoid the country's dependence on the oil industry in the future.
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Hello everyone,
I am looking for the best possible source to get the data on unemployment specifically in Hospitality/Tourism Industry which is worse hit due to Covid-19.
it is for a project purpose. any researcher can please provide insight on source stat.
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It will really be somewhat DIFFICULT since, obviously, it will depend on each Country, its System, Structure and Economic Strength and, of course, the TRANSPARENCY AND TRUTH OF EACH COUNTRY WHEN PROVIDING SUCH DATA (if offered): It is likely that the Organization Internacional del Trabajo (ILO)) have information about it ... then look on their website (www.ilo.org)
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Hi, I need to segment a sample of local tourist (Huila, Colombia) according their tourism preferences (nature, cultural, health...). Which scale/questionnaire should I use?
Thanks.
Key words: tourism research, tourism consumption, tourism segmentation, consumer, Tourism Management
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COVID-19 exposed many divisions among countries and prevented the formation of a united front to combat this pandemic. Even the very closely networked blocs such as ASEAN and EU failed to coordinate their efforts to combat COVID-19 because of national interest. Undermining the world organizations such as WHO, ICOJ, and the United nation various agencies are not painting a very good picture of what to come in the future. Can globalization survive?
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Due to the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) coronavirus pandemic, a lot will change in terms of economic globalization. International, intermodal logistics chains of supply and distribution are shortened.
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Dariusz Prokopowicz
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Dear colleagues and friends, if you have been staying in local accommodation (hostels, apartments) in the city of Porto in the past 3 years, I would ask you 5 minutes to complete a questionnaire from a student who is doing a study on this topic: https://lnkd.in/eUmnxvD Thank you very much and feel free to share it with your contacts.
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@Telma Brito thank you for your contribution
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Hi, I am seeking your help in finding an applicable tourism research topic, I am super interested in the field and application for Tented / Temporary / Hybrid Structures.
And I am currently thinking about the question of " Do temporary room structures offer potential to harvest peak demand?"
I am very interested in your opinion if you think that semi-temporary structures like Tented Camp´s can make a difference in the industry and will continue to trend in a post COVID world?
I am looking forward to the discussion
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What exactly you want to find out in tented or camp Tourism. you may work on trying to find out the perception of people about Tented or camp tourism, satisfaction of tourist with regards to specific tented destination. or can do the complete case study of specific tented destination
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I'm looking for a dataset comprises of reviews, ratings, reviewer nationality, name and place of the hotel, and so on.
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Hi. What do you prefer the most when traveling to another place? Would you rather experience new foods, decorations, etc. Or such things from the past or your childhood will bring you more comfort?
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Wonder why Foodways are a Zero-Sum game. Food neophobia or fear of trying new food may be relevant as long as tourist is ill informed or ignorant of the local cuisine (Karim & Chi, 2010) . According to Zhao, et al. (2020) 'Trust' and 'Willingness' are more prominent factors than 'pickiness' of food.
At the same time, Food nostalgia may also have its limits when a tourist ventures into a new destination. A tourist is more likely to exhibit hedonistic behavior when travelling outside his home environment (Lertputtarak, 2012).
Personally, I try to sample iconic dishes of the places I visit. However, I would be picky when offered alien dishes that I have not tried before, heard of or can identify its ingredients.
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Do you support the tourist openness announced by some countries, knowing that the world has not yet found an effective treatment or vaccine?
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Tourism is very important for economy of my country, but in this moment it is still dangerous. I only support partially, in delimited areas of some regions, with low risks and tight control.
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Most local hospitality and tourism enterprises hardly engage in corporate social responsibility programmes within their location. Is this entirely proper?
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Of course yes. It will help in boosting their image across social, political and economic lines
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I'm looking for ways to measure or explore the effects of Covid-19 on countries where its economy is most reliant on travel and tourism.
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The travel and tourism industry is badly affected by the covid-19 pandemic. International travelling and tourism has been restricted severely. The effect is devastating on the industry.
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A team of researchers at Southern Cross University in a study on the long-term benefits of developing rail trails. We are currently conducting a literature review of current and emerging approaches to visitor monitoring.
Research team:
Dr Pascal Scherrer (SCU Lismore)
Dr Matthew Lamont (SCU Gold Coast)
Dr Kay Dimmock (SCU Lismore)
Dr Laura Ripoll (SCU Gold Coast)
We are conducting some research on the new rail trail being developed in our region, the Northern Rivers, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Northern Rivers Rail Trail involves the conversion of a disused railway corridor into a multi-use trail to cater for a variety of leisure activities. We want to ensure that we capture the triple-bottom-line impacts of this development and we can monitor it over time through a series of contextually appropriate indicators. This will allow us to evaluate positive, negative and neutral impacts and seeks to provide a rigorous evidence base for local and regional decision making with regards to planning and policy.
We are seeking any resources that may be of relevance to the development of a rigorous set of triple-bottom-line (social, environmental & economic) indicators to monitor and evaluate the impacts of a railtrail. This may include examples, documents (including strategic planning documents), references, contextual indicator systems/lists. 
Many thanks for your time and attention.
Kind regards,
Dr Laura Ripoll González
School of Business and Tourism
Southern Cross University
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Going to one open buffet lunch I noticed how many food gets wasted as some will overfill their plates much more than their needs, and eventually a lot goes to the trash!
Have you seen any similar experience?
What can be done to preserve food from being wasted?
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At individual level, food wastage can be reduced by better planning of purchases, timely storage of perishables, serving what can be consumed, and tracking expiration dates of foods and patterns of food you end up through ing away. At community/macro level, strategies may include awareness raising through mass campaigning, as well as research and interventions to reduce food wastage at institutions where groups are served, such as school lunch programs.
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where are we heading when it comes to autoethnographic research? with ethnography being very well accepted in the academic circles and autoethnography slowly but surely picking up steam since the last two decades, what are your opinions of the future of autoethnographic research in social sciences.
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Why on earth do you have to denigrate quantitative research? I think you doth protest too much!
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Yesterday the severe weather affected many tourists in some European countries.
Do you think global warming would affect tourism?
What can be done to alleviate such consequences?
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10.07.19, 3 tourists lost their lives during 5min rainstorm in Chalkidiki. RIP
What do you think?
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RQ 1: What teaching techniques are practiced in hospitality and tourism classes?
RQ 2: What are various evaluation activities for students are used in hospitality classes?
RQ 3: What type of research projects are generally pursued in Hospitality education by students?
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I do a lot of field work with my students. Starting with practical exercises, working our way up to more serious research.
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More than two third of India resides in its villages. Rural India is often applauded for conserving its native tradition, culture and indigenous knowledge. However, rural tourism as a concept is not very popular in India. In this context, it requested to suggest new and potential rural tourism destinations in India along with their uniqueness.
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A befitting response! Thank you, Sir!
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If we want to study an area of tourist interest for bringing it under the concept of Eco-tourism, what parameters should be selected? Or what aspect we have to study and analyse? What changes are expected to convert tourism in to Eco-tourism?
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Ecotourism can be defined by three core criteria: nature, learning and sustainability. The ecotourist market has been segmented by the nature and learning criteria only. It has been assumed that ecotourists are environmentally concerned and therefore sustainability is a factor in their decision-making. However, little empirical research has confirmed this assumption. This study surveyed 243 respondents participating in an ecotourism experience in Australia. It identified ecotourists according to the nature and learning criteria as per previous segmentation studies. Pro-environmental attitudes were measured as an indication of their support for sustainability. Results revealed no significant differences in pro-environmental attitudes between those identified as ecotourists and those considered non-ecotourists. While demand exists for nature and learning experiences, compliance with the sustainability criterion seems to be no more a factor in ecotourist decision-making than for mainstream tourists. Implications are that market segmentation research should consider all relevant criteria when segmenting a market for a particular product to ensure supply matches demand. However, demand for certain products can be created by innovative marketing practices. This would enable the ecotourism industry to respond to the market's demand for nature and learning, but also influence the behaviour and structure of the market with regard to sustainability.
Narelle Beaumont (2011) The third criterion of ecotourism: are ecotourists more concerned about sustainability than other tourists?, Journal of Ecotourism, 10:2, 135-148, DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2011.555554
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explains social exchange theory is the most frequently used theory in HTM research and advances some reasons. In addiiton to the ones presented which other reasons you believe justify it''s "prolific" use comparing to other social psychology theories?
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Thanks Rachel. Very interesting and aligned with my recent research interests in Power Laws and Pareto principles to explain social phenomena under the corolary of complexity and complexity science. I think this reflects too the predictability search and matematizaton of the scientific thought at a time we saw in American in the pre and post WWI and WWII believing there was a mathematical equation for a therory of everything. Gracias Raquel Huete
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Call for Book Chapters: Tourism and Gender-Based Violence – Challenging Inequalities Publisher: CABI
Editors:
Dr Paola Vizcaino-Suárez, Bournemouth University, UK
Dr Heather Jeffrey, Middlesex University Dubai
Dr Claudia Eger, Copenhagen Business School
Key Dates:
- Deadline extension (abstracts of 500 words + author details):  21st January 2019 - Notification of acceptance by editors: 31st January 2019 - Deadline for full chapters (5,000 words): 1st July 2019
Contributions are welcomed (but not limited to) the following areas:
  • Methodological approaches to examining gender-based violence in tourism
  • Physical, sexual and psychological violence against women travellers
  • Sexual harassment in the hospitality/tourism workplace (formal and informal work)
  • Tourism/hospitality workers’ experiences of GBV in the family
  • Trafficking, slavery and sexual exploitation of women, men and children in global tourism
  • Tourism researcher reflections of GBV
  • Activism within tourism (including but not limited to hashtag activism)
  • Studies with a focus on men and/or masculinities and GBV
  • The LGBT community, sexuality and GBV
We welcome a wide variety of methods and approaches to these chapters, such as qualitative methods including autoethnography, fictional ethnography, action research, participative research. Chapters may be research-based, case studies, exploratory or critical literature reviews and conceptual / theoretical analysis of GBV in contemporary tourism.
Please send your proposals to the Tourism and GBV edited collection account: TGBVcollection@gmail.com
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Muchas gracias está muy interesante
me gustaría ver el tema de economía informal urbana en ciudad de México
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The specific data I am finding is quite old and often concerns hotels only and I'm interested in finding out what current emissions are like, particularly in but not limited to Europe.
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When we talk about tourism, we talk about cleanliness and protection against all forms of pollution (noise, cleanliness ...). In Algeria, tourism is developing little by little but in a rational way, by taking into account the problems...
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Domestic and Foreign tourists are important in contributing to the performance of tourism sector of a country. In Tourism Sector, normally DOMESTIC tourist or FOREIGN tourist contribute more to the sector's performnce?. Domestic VS Foreign tourist? What is the experience of your country?
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Dear Dr. Rafiq,
I think that foreign tourists contribute more to the development of the tourism sector. They bring with them foreign currencies that contribute to development of the economy of our countries.
Regards
Rama
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Dear RG community,
Could you please suggest me with literature (latest as possible) and materials about housekeeping management for hotels?
I am looking into all sort of content, i.e. how to organise which rooms to clean first, average time of cleaning per room, how to improve efficiency, etc.
Thanks!
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Brian Lee thank you. However, I was looking into some other type of content, for instance, workflows sheets, scientific methodology based on performance review, etc. However, thanks for sharing!
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I'm doing a research about the impact of sensory factors on tourist experience in hotels (sensory branding of hotels and its impact on tourist experience).
Are there some scales that you can offer me about this topic?
Do I need to combine the sensory dimensions and tourist experience scales? or can I reach a combined one?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my question.
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I have seen this work, the authors have similar studies, it helped me quite. Thank you very much for your support.
Best wishes..
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This is a research question that we're raising in our Lebanese context, we would like to have some answers from different perspectives, in order later to compare them with our findings. Thank you for your contribution.
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This is a very interesting study. Thanks for the explanation.
I hope that one day peace will come and I will be able to come and check the hummus and the hotels of Beirut :)
Best wishes.
Ya'akov
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I am interested in measuring 'prior destination image'. That is to say, tourists visit a destination, that has previously weak or a negative image, and now after gaining first hand experience in that destination they now possess a 'current image'. I want to measure how far their 'current image' of a destination is from their 'prior image'.
Is there a scale to measure 'prior image'? Can regular scales of destination image be employed to measure prior image by certain adaptations like 'prior coming to this country, I believed..." etc.
Usually, interviews methodology is applied to measure prior image but is there an evidence of quantitative operationalization and measurement of prior image?
Regards
Salman
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Hi Salman,
My suggestion would be to issue some type of Likert-scale survey as one enters a country that queries perceptions upon national entry. Upon leaving the country, issue the survey again after the visit ends. I believe you could do a paired t-test or ANOVA to determine whether a statistically significant difference existed between the events.
Have a great day!
--Adrian
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Can't put it into words yet, need help to formulate a good Master -level research question. Need to choose one destination for my Master thesis and conduct research involving local residents and tourists. Their perceptions?
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What do you think about the relevance of the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report? Do you have any suggestions, objections...
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I totally agree with you Scott. This is a good way of thinking - what and for what it can be used and in what way. However, I am thinking that such generic models have significant impact on a particular destination (the ranking). We may be certain that, based on the rankings many other factors, necessary for the development of the destination and the improvement of the competitiveness, e.g. investment, depends on. It is not good for a destination to be ranked for many years on the bottom of the list in one region and that the model itself can not detail point out which are the key factors that make this position as "bad" one. What matters is that the final assessment of competitiveness should include, my opinion, tourists who rank the destination on the basis of an indicator's assessment - compared to other destinations (notably, it is not the only assessment needed)
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I'm looking for information on best practices in tourism used in megacities that are broadly recognized tourist destinations. Any recent data (both qualitative& quntitative) on tourist services and products offered by the city; tourist ifrastructure; tourist attractions and routes; information support for tourism; city brand promotion; networking and stakeholder relationships (investors, public and non-profit organizations, volunteers, sponsors, commercial partners, experts); interaction between tourists and local communities; ensuring the safety of tourists; KPI used by city administrations, etc.
Is there any system of criteria for best practices in this field?
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I can recommend the International Journal of Tourism Cities as a good starting point - many of the articles in there will have megacities as their focus. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/ijtc
Also, Robert Maitland's work on tourism in cities and national capitals might be worth a look.
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Please would you be so kind to assist me on one thing.
In my research I had hypothesis that predicted that tourist experience (scale set by me based on realms of experience economy by Pine and Gilmore, 1999) will lead to tourist satisfaction (scale based on Crosby and Stephens, 1987) and that experienced emotions (scale based on Mehrabian and Russell, 1974) will lead to tourist satisfaction.
I used mixed method where in quant. method I have employed CFA and SEM (hypothesis that tourist experience will lead to tourist satisfaction was not supported, however hypothesis that predicted how experienced emotions will lead to tourist satisfaction was supported ) and in qual. method I have employed focus group interview and there I gained valuable insights.
Now my dilemma is how to elaborate quant. results where hypothesis that predicted that tourist experience will lead to tourist satisfaction was not supported ? This result is paradoxical to accepted knowledge. What are philosophical strategies in explaining paradoxical results ?
This reserch was exploratory in nature.
I think my problem was with using maximum likelihood test in SEM, never the less I still need to find a way to explain in conclusion why generally accepted knowledge, hypothesis that tourist experience will lead to tourist satisfaction (although never tested with SEM in cruise tourism in a way that I did) was not supported.
Your expertise is always very much appreciated.
Kind regards,
Aleksandar
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Hello Aleksandar,
I have 0 experience in your field of research so I won't be able to talk about the subject of study and discuss your results.
However, there is a general rule that applies in such situations. If you, as a young researcher obtain results that contradict the accepted knowledge in that field of study, first thing to do it to check your methodology and make sure it's correct. Check it multiple times. Make sure that from the begining until the end of your experiment you used the right methods to retrieve and analyse data. Asking for opinion from someone with experience on that subject would also be helpful.
The reason why I'm saying that is because young researchers (and I'm talking from own experience) are naive sometimes and overlook important aspects in methodology and data interpretation. But let's be honest, it's hard to believe that someone with low experience in a domain is able to demonstrate that all the others, much more experienced, are wrong.
If however, after thoroughly checking the experiment you make sure everything you did is correct, then congratulations! Your study will have a high impact and will make a difference in your field of research. Don't be afraid to use sentences as "despite the current belief that...." and "many years it was hypothesized that ...., however this study demonstrates that in fact ....".
But don't forget, you must have strong evidence before doing that.
Best regards,
Iulian
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Involvement is a psychological construct that refers to the importance that a category of product have in the life of a consumer. As such it has been extensively studied and used as a predictor of shopping behavior. Recently I attended a very influential scientific conference in the area of business administration. There, some colleagues felt that this field of study had "cooled down" and went from being a hot area to a niche of study (i.e. specialized area of study, which is not (or is no longer) among those that attract more attention in a discipline). I would like to know your opinions.
Greetings,
Jorge
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Thank you Danny for your response. However, I use in my question the term "niche" in the context of scientific research. That is a specialized area of study, which is not (or is no longer) among those that attract more attention in a discipline.
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It seems CSR has now turned on to tourism small enterprises such travel agents and tour operators due to both internal and external pressure. So, what are the critical travel responsibility issues which travel agents and tour operators are expected to provide in line with their role as travel intermediaries?
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Many thanks Marjore for your recommendation.
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Why have travel agencies started growing again. Flight center made over $200 million profit last year, so is the case with Harvey Norman and Best & Less travels. They did not die down like music and video stores.
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Brick and mortar agencies have to some degree tended now to focus on higher-value and more complex travel arrangements, especially for time-poor business travellers. Simple travel arrangements can be accomplished online by anyone with a modicum of internet savvy. What do you think, Kevin?
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In the Philippines, as per government regulations, tourism and hospitality students have one term (5 months) to produce a thesis output. In our case we do it in groups of 5. Please share your best practices. Thanks in advance! 
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An undergraduate thesis perhaps does not need to contribute to new knowledge that has rigour theoretically and is relevant. In my days at the School of Economics, University of the Philippines, this became feasible because of the following factors:
1. Students were encouraged to think of a thesis topic before the term that they actually enrolled for thesis writing. This is usually the last term before graduation.
2. Topic should be specific and bounded. Some topics deal with validation of a hypothesis, evaluation of project, analysing the impact of an investment, or something along similar lines. 
3. A thesis outline could be made ready on the first week of the term. The students are expected to have done some research on the topic before enrolling for the term. In this way, the adviser assigned to the student could spend some time at the outset to give some guidance on scoping the topic.
There is always the temptation to do too much or too little. In my view, an undergraduate thesis is an opportunity for the students to consolidate what they have learned during the four years (or some took more time, while others less) that they worked towards gaining their degree. 
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Apart from social media...
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The best place (at this point in time) for online surveys -- and likely the fastest growing -- is MTurk from Amazon.com
This 'crowd-support' site provides step-by-step guidance on how to design and implement MTurk surveys.
For design of good online questions and survey instruments, your best bet is Qualtrics.
Anyone can get the free version of Qualtrics... for the advanced version, you have to consult your company or university.
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My research paper deals with use conflicts in tourism (such as conflicts over natural ressources, social conflicts due to tourism), and I'm trying to find some articles / books about the creation of these conflicts. I would like to focus on one part on the fact that maybe some conflicts existed before the development of tourism, and tourism made them worst. I am wondering if tourism is not more like  the straw that broke the camels back,  than the real reason that provoked the emergence of conflicts. 
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Dear Rose.
I use the following principle. I type the keyword in Google and put the journal and pdf. So get similar papers.
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I conducted an intercept survey in a tasting room before.  I did not share or inquire if the respondents had consumed wine and if so how much?  I'm not excited about the idea of taking account for my participants' consumption as it is not a question that I'm trying to address.
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Thank you, Chetan.  Great suggestions, on the constancy and quantity.  We are investigating with sparkling wine at this point and its great to hear others are as well. Byron
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In context of smart destinations, colleagues and myself are developing a research project on digital visitor management. We are searching for existing cases where digital media are already being used for visitor management.
I would appreciate any tips and information from research teams working on this topic.
Thanks
Jan
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I am looking for a textbook with recent concepts, up-to-date examples, and easy-to-follow text?. The textbook should facilitate the gradual knowledge building for undegrads? 
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This was the one my lecturers suggested when I was a student: Marketing for hospitality and tourism  by Philip Kotler, John Bowen, James Makens
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Searching for studies,articles etc.. on the topic of competency needed by industry integrated with the needs of education in hospitality to differentiate 
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You may be interested in the Australian Learning and Teaching Academic Standards recently developed for Tourism, Hospitality and Events:
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At some point I read a paper or two that stated that when local residents obtained economic benefits of tourism, they were much more accepting of this activity than in the case of those who did not received economic benefits. That is, if residents get a piece of the pie, they are more likely to qualify tourism as a overall positive activity. Can someone help me find articles that support this statement? Thank you!!!
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David: I am not sure if our papers (see the links below) can be of much help to you, but still let me share these to you and the others.
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How people choose a hotel in cyberspace? whch factors are important?
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I think that different tourists have different algorithms. The most lazy go to tourist agency asking for organized trip. After some experience one can find that individual search allows sometimes to save money. Then one go for example to booking.com and get available hotels for chosen dates with prices. If one cares about prices, they can be listed in certain order. However, the cheapest may be too far from cultural center, or in bad neighborhood. That is why I usually take into account other factors, like map with relative location of hotel and touristic attractions.
People who are less restricted in costs may look at the hotel order by popularity index, that is based on opinion of previous visitors. I also look at that index even if I want to save on costs. For example, if we have 3 hotels with the prices $40, $45 and $50, but the one with $40 is 5 km away from center, and with $45 has valuation of only 6, I will choose one for $50 just in 1 km from center and with valuation 8 (of 10). So this is a kind of multi-criteria optimization. More sophisticated tourists can also look at room photos, wi-fi availability, etc. But selection can take much time, and many tourists rely on the opinion of their friends, for example.
Mojde, if you want to apply this for the development of tourism in Iran, I would suggest the following. Those hotels that have contracts with firms organizing foreign tourism, will get initial advantage. However, if they are overpriced or have some other disadvantage (bad location or quality), individual tourists searching on booking.com will build up indices reflecting real values of hotels. Those indices would correlate with opinions of friends (or a tourist) in the long run, and those highly valued hotels will have rising popularity.
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Perhaps, you can suggest some improvements on their systems after conducting a study similar to the one provided in the link below.
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Most hotels and lodging establishments in all developing countries now have some form of computerized reservation systems. This also helps them to get bookings through travel and hotel websites  like Hotel.com etc
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Dear Madam / Sir,
 I, Serge Dahdouh am pursuing my Bachelor of Business Administration from the renowned, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland.
 I am working on a dissertation with the topic being Big Data in (Hospitality Industry). The results that I gather would be part of a future course that Les Roches would add to their existing curriculum.
 It is my humble request if anyone could kindly provide me some secondary data regarding the subject and this in turn would help facilitate my research. 
Thank you so much.
Yours Sincerely,
Serge Dahdouh
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Please collect yourself..organizations wont share their own data specially.
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I would like measure 7Ps (or 7Cs) in the hotel enterprises. How the guests perceive marketing mix effords of the hotel (management) such as price, promotion, place, product, person (people), psyhical evidences and process? So, I need a "customer based marketing mix scale". A discussion is needed... 
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Each component of the marketing mix has its own distinct set of scales. You might need to do separate literature search on each component of the marketing mix.
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I am searching for specific methodologies that have been applied to different territories in order to obtain information about the attractiveness of their resources (resources related to tourism potential, ie, churches, palaces, old buildings, festivals, natural parks, events,...)
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TOURISM IDENTIFIED: In order to measure, one need to specify specific type of tourism. One country may have more then one type. The demand for tourism may be estimated according to its type or adjective describing it. These may include:
Agritourism
Birth tourism
Culinary tourism
Cultural tourism
Extreme tourism
Geotourism
Ghetto tourism
Heritage tourism
Medical tourism
Nautical tourism
Pop-culture tourism
Religious tourism
Sex tourism
Slum tourism
Virtual tourism
War tourism
Wellness tourism
Wildlife tourism        ........ see link to wikipedia.
ASSESSMENT: After particular sectors of tourism are identified, we can track their growth year-by-year. For the non-growth area, we may assess their potential if the factors influencing their growth could be identified. Thus, there are at least two areas: (i) currently growing, and (ii) potential to grow. For the currently growing, one can use trend test to verify their magnitude and direction. The available tools may include: (i) the Military Handbook Test, and (ii) La Place Trend Test.
(i) Military Handbook Test: This test is based on chi-square distribution as a test for significance. The test is given by:
(1)   X2r2 = 2 Σ ln(Tend / Ti)
... X2 = chi-square value; ln = natural log base e; T = arrival time of event; and r = number of events (sample size). The chi-square table is given by degree of freedom and critical value to test the significance. Ho: X2(obs) < X2(Table) means not significant trend and HA: X2(obs) > X2(Table).
(ii) La Place trend Test: the second method uses the Z-test. The test statistic is given by:
(2)   Z = sqrt(12r) [Σ (Ti -(Tend / 2)] / rTend
... Z = observed Z value with this value look for F(Z) = % confidence int he Z-table; Tx = as defined above.
THE CHALLENGE FOR UNDEVELOPED SUBSECTORS: For the sub-sectors in tourism that has T value, i.e. posting dollar amount earning per year, we can test its trend. The significance of trend test here allow the researcher to estimate growth magnitude and direction and policy makers can also assess whether to invest in such a sub-sector. The challenge is to test for potential growth in certain sub-sectors that we want to develop but has no data, i.e. undeveloped sector. here, we could only answer whether such sub-sectors have potential in a form of (Yes | No); this is reduced to binomial and discrete data analysis. First list factors that are required for the sub-sector that needs to be develop and score whether the sub-sector have the factors present (yes) or not (no). Score yes = 1 and no = 0. The probability of success under the La Place Rule of Succession is given by:
(3)   p = (s + 1) / (n + 2)     where s = number of yes counts.
The probability of failure (no) is simply;
(4)   q = 1 - p
The potential may be verified through probability determination of P(X) given by:
(5)   P(X) = [n! / (n - X)!X!] AB       ...where X = number to be tested
(5.1)   A = pX
(5.2)   B = q(n - X)
The test for significance may be accomplished through:
(6)   Z = [(X / n) - p] / sqrt(pq / n)
This is to assume normal distribution of the data because Z-test uses the Z-table (unit normal distribution). According to this set up, of Z(obs) < Z(0.95), it means that sector is not significant. Dont' bother investing in it because it does not have the infrastructure to support its growth.  I hope this is helpful to get you started on the project. Cheers.
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In order to define if a destination is a successful one should I analyze the factors which influence the demand and the supply as: infrastructure, supra-structure, accessibility, amenities, available packages etc. I understood there are some models in theory which could help me to measure these factors. 
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Guided by the assumption that the tourist destination is competitive as much as it is included in the programs of international tour operators leads us to conclusion that tour operators also contribute tourist destination competitiveness.
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interesting topic.
please read this paper. it may help you in your research. all the best
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Can someone confirm that, there is a data base of individuals which, for example, stays in accommodation related to special forms of tourism eg. eco-tourists, adventurers, backpackers?
Thanks. 
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Dear colleagues, 
thank you all for answers and suggestions. I followed them and also reviewed some different sources. First, a short conclusion would be that at this moment there is no such a data collected at one place or source (including world reports and by country). So there is no global facts about alternative, niche or special interest tourism, only accounts and approximations. Second, instead of previous, I found many papers and resources with own statistics gathered by regions or by tourism themes (eg eco-turism, adventure forms, backpacking, wine, geo-tourism...). 
In time to time I will share those facts here, so it can be reachable to everyone interested. 
Best regards. 
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I am doing research on how to develop the communities nearby the university through organisation identity.
Suan Dusit University - SDU is outstanding in terms of culinary, early childhood education, hospitality and tourism, and nursing. I am on the process of doing a research design, and I wonder whether I could do the mixed-methods to gain in-depth data.
Shall I ask only the experts in the fields or the community leaders and others too?
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If your goal is to develop communities, then surely they need to be involved in the research through participatory action research methods (which can be both qualitative and quantitative). Communities are "experts" in their own development, and as nearby resident stakeholders, they likely have ideas of how the university is influencing their lives, which would hint at pathways to take.
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Accommodation is the single most essential part of any stay in a destination. Accordingly, accommodation is available everywhere and forms the foundation of the tourism industry. Regarding their travelling patterns and trip characteristics, travelers choose luxury hotels with a variety of services to budget hotels with limited facilities. During two main school holidays in Iran, New Year and summer, lots of families travel to different parts of the country. Due to the length of these two main school holidays and since during the school holiday, schools are not occupied with students; they may be available for domestic travelers to stay overnight.
Although the facilities and services are so limited, lots of travelers who want to decrease their travel expenses may stay in those prepared schools. The question here is how can we analyse the condition of these schools in order to put them in the list of tourism accommodation?
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I think if the schools that you referred to, received money from the guests and provided some services to the customers (e.g., breakfast, beds), so these can claim the school as a tourism destination.
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Is it the role of ICT, e.g. booking platforms, recommendation platforms; is it a change in players on the tourism market place, is it the transition towards sustainable or health tourism etc.?
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"Most influential" depends on how you define influence and whom the influence will affect. However, a rough guide to answer your question can be to check the most cited articles of tourism journals. For example the currently most cited articles in Tourism Management are:
Role of social media in online travel information search by Zheng Xiang | Ulrike Gretzel
Tried and tested: The impact of online hotel reviews on consumer consideration by Ivar E. Vermeulen | Daphne Seegers
A review of innovation research in tourism by Anne Mette Hjalager
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Plenty of academic research work is carried out in tourism and E-Tourism research applying structural equation models to gain insights about relationships in the tourism domain.
However, I would be interested to what extend the tourism industry (tourism associations and intermediaries, destinations, accommodation facilities etc.) are exploiting the obtained academic results?
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As a former government person I agree that SEM findings need to be "translated" into readable documents for businesses. There is also a need for engagement with tourism businesses to ensure research has an end, a meaningful end, rather than just being research for research sake! It needs to be driven towards a usable outcome.
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I am trying to establish a relationship between increase in tourism activities and income inequality. I would like to know if there is correlation and/or causality between the two.
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For finding correlation, you may be able to use the historical/past data about tourism activities and income inequality. In order to establish causality, you need to control all the other possible factors. In both cases, you will need quantitative data about tourism activities and income inequality. For income inequality you may use statistical measure of dispersions such as income range, mean deviation, variance or standard deviations of the income data. For tourism activity data, you need to think of some quantitative measures for it.
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Particularly interested in the US market, but open to international markets, as well.
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I know about this publication for British tourism data,
perhaps it may help your research.
You will have to segments your data analysis, developing countries, developed countries, etc. as the data will differ considerably.
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I have been studying the restaurant industry for quite a while and now I'm starting to focus on the process of internationalization for businesses. However, I don't know much about this subject and I need your help. What are the main motivations and ways for a business to start exporting their services on an international way? Are there any specific critical issues and effects on performance that restaurants should be aware of? Please discuss this as it will be a great starting point for a possible future paper that I would like to develop.
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I completely agree with Krishnan that to get more guests and more facilities, apply the principle of affordability.
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How does war promote the tourism industry?
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First stage: Dark Tourism
Second stage: Rehabilitation Tourism
Third stage: Economic Development Tourism Activities
Fourth stage: Heritage Tourism
Fifth stage: Tourism, Tourism and Tourism...
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I would like to know if there are people working on tourism governance especially in relation to utilising tourism as a poverty reduction tool.
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Thanks for sending the links! I will check them out.