Where in the World? A Geographic Analysis of a Decade of Research in Tourism, Hospitality, and Leisure Journals

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

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This study examined research focus countries and regions in 4,654 articles published in 32 tourism, hospitality, and leisure academic journals from 2002 to 2011 inclusive. Applying a variety of analysis methods, the research showed the spatial distribution, co-occurrence relationships among countries, and the most popular topics of research focus and types of tourism by countries. There was a broad geographic focus of the research in tourism, hospitality, and leisure journals in the decade from 2002 to 2011 spanning 126 countries. It was found that a significant number (70) of countries were not covered in this 10-year snapshot of the academic journal research and require more attention from scholars in the future. Some major countries were underrepresented including France, Germany, and Russia. However, the predominance of the research focus on the Asia-Pacific region and particularly on China was a major finding in this analysis, as was the sparse coverage of South and Central America.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-200
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • academic journals
  • bibliometrics
  • co-occurrence relationships
  • NetDraw
  • spatial distribution analysis
  • tourism system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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