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Current research



Centre for Tourism has a high profile expertise in tourism, specifically in the fields of events and event management. The research staff at the Centre for Tourism represents a broad range of academic competences and research is often interdisciplinary.  The prioritised fields of research listed below should be understood as intertwined research projects, generating and transmitting knowledge between each other.

Event and Meetings Management As a consequence of the growing importance of events in society, the number of various research projects within the field of events has increased over the years, both in Sweden and on an international level. At the School of Business, Economics and Law, event research has a longstanding tradition. The notion of events can be studied from a number of different perspectives, e.g. with focus on the event, the visitor, the organisation, the tourism industry, the social and cultural context, implementation, visitor satisfaction, change of attitudes among residents, economic impact etc. Increased knowledge in these areas contributes to better understanding for the organization and monitoring of successful event management. Professional meetings is one segment of growing importance for many local economies, not the least because the economic impact of such events. As a relatively new research area, the Centre for Tourism intends to strengthen its position as a leading centre for tourism research, by focusing specifically on professional meetings. Guest professor Donald Getz is a key researcher in this project.

Economic Impact Analysis of Tourism The longstanding competence in the field of economic impact analysis of tourism (specifically events) at the School of Business, Economics and Law and at the Tourism Research Institute will be further developed and communicated. In addition, broader analysis of tourism development in big cities will be developed in collaboration with European Cities, and with the use of the database TOURMIS. Computable General Equilibrium and Contingent Evaluation Methods, as well as a broader understanding of the value of economic impact assessment for the national economy (including life quality and helath), will be further devloped.

Hotel & Restaurant Management Hotel and restaurant management is a well estabilshed field of research at the School of Economics, Business and Law. Specifically research in human resource management and (ownership) collaboration, e.g. franchising will be further developed, as well as restaurant and meal experiences, and the importance of food as a tourist attraction.

Destination Management The development and maintainance of effective cooperation between the stakeholders of a tourist destination is essential for the development of attractive tourist products. The long-standing competence in event network research at the School of Business, Economics and Law should be further developed and applied in other fields, e.g. cooperation in destination networks in the production of meetings and cultural products. Applying the network theory on such cooperation means that concepts like relations, trust and power are highlighted. One sactor in the destination network is the air industry, and one key research field at the CFT is the importance of accessibility through air for the attractiveness of the tourist destination.

Cultural Tourism As tourist preferences change, tourist destinations have to adjust to the fact that tourists have become more oriented towards the novelty of experiences. Development of cultural attractions is a way for destinations to become more competitive, however the collaboration between the tourism industry and the cultural sector is not without its obstacles. Research in the field of cultural tourism will be developed at the Centre for Tourism as a way to gain better understanding for how successful collaboration in cultural tourism can be realized. Specifically, the economic impact of cultural events/tourism should be highlighted as a way to legitimize public funding of cultural events.

Information about ongoing research projects is found here below or in the menu on your left.

Page Manager: Emma Fröjd|Last update: 2/27/2015

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