Tourism knowledge: its creation and dissemination by region

Mehmet Ali Koseoglu, Fuad Mehraliyev (Corresponding Author), Honggen Xiao, Brian King

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This study investigates regional similarities and differences in the tourism research knowledge domain, based on two decades of publications. The authors analysed co-citations in the reference lists of full-length articles published in Annals of Tourism Research (1998–2017) in relation to four regions: North America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific and Oceania. The findings reveal a degree of regional fragmentation in the tourism research knowledge domain. Several wide discourses characterize the scope of tourism knowledge: authenticity and the tourist experience, backpacker tourism, consumer behaviour, destination life cycle, tourism impacts and resident attitudes, paradigms, performance approach, and volunteer tourism. The authors document the contribution of each region to these discourses. Implications of regional distinctions are discussed along with future research opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2005647
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Nov 2021


  • citation analysis
  • co-citation analysis
  • knowledge domain
  • Tourism knowledge
  • tourism studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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