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Research in a culturally diverse world: reducing redundancies, increasing relevance

Pietro Beritelli (University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland.)
Sara Dolnicar (Department of Tourism, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.)
David Ermen (Lodging and Tourism Clients Group, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Zurich, Switzerland.)
Christian Laesser (University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland.)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 18 April 2016




This paper aims to identify means and ways to reduce redundancies and increase relevance in tourism research in a culturally diverse and globalised world.


The content of this paper is based on minutes of an extensive discussion (panel as well as townhall-type of discussion) at the 2015 AIEST conference in Lijiang, PR China.


Challenges in today’s tourism research world are identified and ways of how to deal with them are shown. Some of those solutions might provoke change in certain domains. This is why ideas are provided for the AIEST to support and facilitate this change.


Limitations come from the research settings of this contribution, which is essentially based on records of a panel and a townhall-type discussion.


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Authors listed in alphabetical order. This paper is the result of a panel discussion session held at the Annual AIEST Conference in Lijiang, Yunnan, PR China in August 2015 titled “Research perspectives in a culturally diverse world: How do we prevent redundancies and foster relevance?”. It is based substantially on input by four invited panellists (Bin Dai, China Tourism Academy, China; David Airey, University of Surrey, United Kingdom; Egon Smeral, Modul University Vienna, Austria; Subash Pillai, Goa University, India) as well as the discussion with all attendees of the conference and feedback from a number of AIEST members, including Klaus Weiermair, Jürgen Gnoth and Esteve Bardolet.


Beritelli, P., Dolnicar, S., Ermen, D. and Laesser, C. (2016), "Research in a culturally diverse world: reducing redundancies, increasing relevance", Tourism Review, Vol. 71 No. 1, pp. 1-5.



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