Start Date

7-1-2011 3:15 PM

End Date

7-1-2011 4:00 PM

Track

2. Track 2 - Poster Session

Subject Area

Hospitality and Tourism Education

Faculty Member

Billy Bai, billy.bai@unlv.edu

Abstract

Both the tourism industry and tourism education are growing rapidly in China. Due to language barrier, most of tourism research achievements in China remain unknown to international tourism research community. This study examines what Chinese tourism researchers have done by analyzing 200 tourism doctoral dissertations in China written between 1999 and 2010. Using the content analysis and social network analysis method, the study characterizes the current situation and trends of tourism research in China, including research topics, methods, and authors’ profile. The study also identifies topic evolution in tourism research.

Keywords

Tourism research, doctoral dissertation, China, content analysis, social network analysis



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Chinese Tourism Research Trends: A Social Network Analysis of Doctoral Dissertations from 1999 to 2009

Both the tourism industry and tourism education are growing rapidly in China. Due to language barrier, most of tourism research achievements in China remain unknown to international tourism research community. This study examines what Chinese tourism researchers have done by analyzing 200 tourism doctoral dissertations in China written between 1999 and 2010. Using the content analysis and social network analysis method, the study characterizes the current situation and trends of tourism research in China, including research topics, methods, and authors’ profile. The study also identifies topic evolution in tourism research.