Professional communication in an applied tourism research community

Honggen Xiao, Stephen L.J. Smith

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This study addresses the amorphous nature and complexity of professional communication in an applied tourism research community. With empirical data from members of the Travel and Tourism Research Association, the study examines professional communication from the perspectives of academic versus practitioner members. Results of the study contribute to discussions on the two-community theory and utilization theories with respect to the production, dissemination and uptake of travel and tourism research. Practical implications of the study are discussed in relation to association planning and development, and to capacity-building in an applied tourism research community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-411
Number of pages10
JournalTourism Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010


  • Research communication
  • Scientific community
  • The Travel and Tourism Research Association
  • Tourism research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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