Palma, from 23 to 25 October 2013
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Knowledge-based Platform: A Tribute to Jafar Jafari


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Friday 25 October, 2013 14:40 to 15:00 Oral Communication
The Cultural Tourism Research Trend. Where are We Going?
Speaker: Claudia Melis, University of Cagliari

Authors: Claudia Melis; Ernestina Giudici


Purpose. Starting from an analysis of the multifaceted concept of culture, the purpose of this study is to analyze the cultural tourism research trends and evolution. In particular our work will be aimed to answer to the following points: how cultural tourism has evolved within the last decade? What is the most frequently published topic area within the broad category of cultural tourism? What are the approaches from which the cultural tourism issues are discussed? What are the main methodologies adopted? What are the main journals that talks about cultural tourism? Are data more frequently collected from a single or more geographic area? Are there some geographic areas more frequently analyzed then others? From which countries are the authors that write the most about cultural tourism? By answering and trying to motivate these main questions, our attempt it will be to figure out whether and how the concept of culture and, as a consequence, the realm of cultural tourism is evolving. Are there new potential areas of inquiry to be considered within this category of tourism? Design/Methodology. In order to answer to the presented research questions this paper will adopt a bibliometrics analysis aimed at understanding the state of the art of cultural tourism research. Moreover, in order to understand the evolution that research has lived within the last decade we will also compare the results in the course of time. This will allow to exploring the existence of emerging trends and future research paths. This analysis will also be supported by a co – citation analysis. The research will be conducted taking into consideration a sample of top ranking journals on the tourism field in last decades (Lopes 2010). Findings. The research is in progress and findings are currently being analyzed. This research will give the opportunity to have a snapshot of cultural tourism research as well as its evolution in the last decade. It will also provide a starting point as well as a support for future research on the same field. It is aimed to contribute in both the academic and practice domains since the awareness of the state of the art of the cultural tourism research would be a useful basis also for public and privates practitioners who desire to develop and promote new tourism products. Originality/Value. This study about cultural tourism provides insight about which more has to be written. In fact it will offer a global view of what direction the research on cultural tourism is following. To be aware of this is of paramount importance for those who desire to discuss further about cultural tourism to contribute in an original way to the existing body of literature. Keywords. Bibliometrics analysis, co-citation analysis, cultural tourism, evolution of tourism research, future trends in cultural tourism. References Lopes, I., Silva, J. A., Rebelo, E., & Castela, G. (2010). The Evolution of Tourism research: a new knowledge platform? (No. 2010-4). CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve.
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Session 6 – Unity, multiculturality and tourism (1)
Place: Room SB03

Other activities in Session 6 – Unity, multiculturality and tourism (1)
14:20 h. to 14:40 h.Oral Communication

A Study on the Impact of Ethnic Tourism in Increasing Unity in Multicultural Societies: A Case Study of Baluchis in Iran

Speaker: AhmadReza Sheikhi, Universidad de La Laguna
Speaker: Heredina Fernández, ULPGC
14:00 h. to 14:20 h.Oral Communication

Community involvement and collaboration in tourism development:Lessons learned from three coastal communities in Bohuslän, Sweden

Speaker: Kristina Lindström, University of Gothenburg, Centre for Tourism
Speaker: Mia Larson, Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University