Indigenous tourism research, past and present: where to from here?

Whitford, Michelle and Ruhanen, Lisa (2016) Indigenous tourism research, past and present: where to from here?. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 24 8-9: 1080-1099. doi:10.1080/09669582.2016.1189925

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Author Whitford, Michelle
Ruhanen, Lisa
Title Indigenous tourism research, past and present: where to from here?
Journal name Journal of Sustainable Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-7646
Publication date 2016-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09669582.2016.1189925
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 24
Issue 8-9
Start page 1080
End page 1099
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
Abstract Indigenous tourism is a global phenomenon, encompassing a range of complex, multi-layered issues. The foci of Indigenous tourism research are multifaceted, reflecting a plethora of stakeholders with differing perspectives and values about the direction, development and sustainability of the sector. The academic literature consistently highlights the need for a more comprehensive understanding of Indigenous tourism and, specifically, one that takes into account the interests and values of its stakeholders. This paper provides a global overview of Indigenous tourism development and its international and national institutional links, concomitantly identifying and examining the trajectory of scholarly interest in Indigenous tourism from 1980 to 2014. An analysis of 403 published journal articles is supplemented with the perspectives of Indigenous tourism researchers. The results reveal that sustainability issues underpin and shape a substantive proportion of published Indigenous tourism research to date. The challenge now is to gain a more comprehensive understanding of Indigenous tourism from the perspective of Indigenous stakeholders, approaching its complexity in an iterative, adaptive and flexible style, and with affected stakeholders involved in the research process, knowledge creation and its outcomes. This is both an ethical imperative and a pragmatic approach to ensure the outcomes of research facilitate the sustainability of Indigenous tourism.
Keyword Development
Indigenous tourism
Indigenous tourism research
Sustainable Indigenous tourism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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