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Understandings of Tourism Theory

Stergiou, D. and Airey, David (2018) Understandings of Tourism Theory Tourism Review, 73 (2). pp. 156-168.

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Purpose: This paper explores perceptions of tourism theory and its usefulness to the professional practice of tourism management as identified by the two major stakeholder groups – academics and tourism practitioners.

Design/methodology/approach: Data for this study were collected through the use of two electronically administered surveys with tourism academics teaching on undergraduate tourism programmes of study and tourism professionals, both based in the UK.

Findings: Findings suggest that tourism theory is important in understanding tourism itself. But at the same time it has pragmatic relevance, facilitating researchers and others to make sense of the real world and contributing to successful practice in tourism.

Originality/value: This is the first study to provide empirical data from both academic and practitioner perspectives into often contested debates about the nature and uses of tourism theory.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Stergiou, D.
Date : 2018
DOI : 10.1108/TR-07-2017-0120
Copyright Disclaimer : © Emerald Publishing Limited 2018 Published by Emerald Publishing Limited Licensed re-use rights only
Uncontrolled Keywords : Theory; Theoretical perspectives; Tourism research; Tourism management
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 20 Dec 2017 08:49
Last Modified : 23 Jul 2019 13:10

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