SETTING THE RESEARCH AGENDA: Navigating Shifting Sands- Research in Changing Times

  • Jason Dawson Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, New Zealand
  • Seán T Ruane Shannon College of Hotel Management, Ireland
  • Sue Beeton Travel and Tourism Research Association
Keywords: Climate Change, Overtourism, People-Centred, Tourism Jobs, KPIs, Future research

Abstract

Tourism research conferences come and go, as do many of the ideas generated. In fact, many conferences see the same work repeated rather than built upon. At the 2019 Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) annual international research conference, attempts have been made to move this forward by running two sessions on setting an agenda for future research. As an organisation with a mixed membership with researchers from commercial, government and academic worlds together along with those who use such research, including DMOs, hotels, tour operators and so on, TTRA is well placed to lead such ongoing development. While many areas were discussed, four research priorities have been established to encourage further focused research and encourage true knowledge dissemination.

Author Biographies

Jason Dawson, Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, New Zealand
Jason Dawson is the Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism and manages the key relationships with funders, tourism operators, local communities, local government and national agencies for the organisation. He currently serves as a general board member for the TTRA Asia Pacific Chapter and is a Trustee for Regional Tourism New Zealand.
Seán T Ruane, Shannon College of Hotel Management, Ireland

Seán T. Ruane holds a Ph.D. in Tourism from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Ireland. Until recently, Sean was based in the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) managing an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management (ADHM) on behalf of Shannon College of Hotel Management and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Prior to taking up the position in Seychelles, he lectured in Culinary, Strategic Management and Tourism in the Shannon College. He is a past Chapter President for the European Chapter of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) and has recently been appointed to the board of TTRA. His research interests are in destination image with a particular focus on photography, as a means to understand place making and sense-of-place, and has presented papers on these topics at international conferences.

Sue Beeton, Travel and Tourism Research Association

Sue Beeton is Professor of Tourism and President of the Travel and Tourism Research Association. She has conducted tourism-based research into community development, film-induced tourism and pop culture as well as nature-based and eco-tourism. She was recently awarded the TTRA Lifetime Achievement Award

Published
2019-10-15
How to Cite
Dawson, J., Ruane, S. T. and Beeton, S. (2019) “SETTING THE RESEARCH AGENDA: Navigating Shifting Sands- Research in Changing Times”, e-Review of Tourism Research, 17(1). Available at: https://journals.tdl.org/ertr/index.php/ertr/article/view/473 (Accessed: 11August2020).
Section
Commentary