Brazilian higher education in the field of tourism took off in the 1970s, reaching its course and student peaks in the first years of this century. Recent research shows, however, that many graduates are still occupying hotel reception positions, in most cases with an operational status. The Brazilian government will occasionally hire researchers from companies and institutes not related to the tourism field. Even though the link between these two worlds is crucial, the commercial tourism industry in Brazil does not value academic insights, and the academy does not look beyond its epistemological and theoretical borders. This chapter will discuss the situation in Brazil and offer perspectives on measure needed to close the gap between theory and practice.
The authors thank Pró-Reitoria de Pesquisa Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri (UFVJM) for their support in the project of research on graduates labor market, particularly for the scholarship of Scientific Initiation; Juliana Medaglia for her contribution to the referred research and for providing resulting data; Sérgio Rodrigues Leal (UFPE) for sending Table 2 with data that were expanded; and Keila Cristina Nicolau Mota for recommending several resourceful bibliographical references.
Panosso Netto, A., Trigo, L.G.G. and Silveira, C.E. (2017), "Tourism Knowledge Transfer in Brazil", Knowledge Transfer to and within Tourism (Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice, Vol. 8), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 113-128. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2042-144320170000008008
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