The stereotyping of tourism management students in a business school setting

Vincent Wing Sun Tung, Brian Edward Melville King

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Previous research has shown that students in business schools hold stereotypes concerning their peers who are undertaking different specializations. Yet, to the authors’ knowledge, no research to date has investigated the stereotyping of tourism management students by other business students. The present study seeks to fill this research gap. The insights are important because negative perceptions exacerbate the challenge of attracting high-quality prospects for tourism degree programs and of producing graduates who enjoy favorable recognition by their peers and by industry. Tourism management students are future leaders who are critical to the long-term sustainability and competitiveness of the tourism sector. In-depth interviews revealed three stereotyping themes: personality attribution, legitimacy, and professionalism. The study concludes by discussing potential stereotype-reducing strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-77
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016


  • education experience
  • psychology
  • Stereotypes
  • students
  • teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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