The Tourism System Research Categorization Framework

Jinah Park, Bihu Wu, Alastair M. Morrison, Ye Shen, Li Cong, Mengjiao Li

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)


This analysis produced a tourism system research categorization framework comprising mutually exclusive subject areas to classify the keywords in academic journal articles. The primary research goals were to develop this framework and then assess the frequency levels of specific tourism research subject areas in the 10-year period of 2002–2011. A database of 37,918 author-selected keywords from 9,588 research articles in 31 tourism, hospitality, and leisure journals was created. Using the proposed framework, the database was divided into six main categories (destination; demand; travel; marketing; geographical areas; and generic terms) and 61 sub-categories. The destination category captured the most keywords, followed by demand and then marketing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)968-1000
Number of pages33
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • academic journals
  • keywords
  • review article
  • subject areas
  • tourism system research categorization framework

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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